|Physical description||Cotton tape, Rubberised fabric|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Armband : State Emergency Services : Victoria : Decontamination : 1939-45
White rubberised canvas armband with cotton tape ties. Printed in brown on the band is "ARP / DECONTAMINATION".
Example of the type of Air Raid Precaution (ARP) armband used by the State Emergency Service (SES) of Victoria during the Second World War. Decontamination was associated with gas attacks. The Victorian style of armband differed from those of other states, and is indicative of the variety of ARP organisation found across the states. In NSW, ARP was run by the National Emergency Service; in Queensland, the Civil Defence Organisation; in South Australia, the Civil Defence Force, in Western Australia, the Department of Civil Defence; in Tasmania, the Civil Defence Legion and in the Australian Capital Territory, the Enemy Raids Precaution.