The Emergency Services Levy (ESL) funds Western Australia’s (WA) fire and emergency services, including Career and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service brigades, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service units, bushfire fighting and management services including the Rural Fire Division and Local Government Bush Fire Brigades, aviation services engaged over the high risk bushfire season, the South West Emergency Rescue Helicopter service, State Emergency Service (SES) units, the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service and emergency response services provided by ChemCentre.
ESL funding supports approximately 800 dedicated emergency service groups comprising over 1,600 career firefighters and support staff, and more than 26,000 volunteers. Every cent collected from the ESL goes towards providing emergency services to the community.
Since the ESL was introduced in 2003, WA's fire and emergency services have dramatically improved, particularly in regional and remote areas thanks to the provision of new equipment provided for volunteer groups.
The ESL benefits all West Australian’s as emergency response involves a cohesive approach from across the state.