The Emergency Services Medal was introduced into the Australian system of honours in 1999. The medal may be awarded to a person who has given distinguished service as a member of an emergency service.
The medal may be awarded regardless of whether the person is eligible for any other award because of the service. However, a person which is already a holder of the medal is not eligible for another award of the medal.
In the State Emergency Service (WA) a number of Volunteers have been awarded the Emergency Service Medal (ESM).