Rescue services in NSW are based on a network of 'accredited' rescue units located throughout the State. The rescue network is managed by the Board through an accreditation process. Rescue units are broadly grouped into two areas based on the environment in which they operate:
The Board's principles for accreditation of rescue resources within New South Wales are:
Rescue units in NSW are predominantly provided by the following organisations:
Accredited land rescue resources are categorised as either:
A rescue unit trained and equipped to handle a broad range of rescue tasks in their designated area of responsibility.
A rescue unit trained and equipped for a particular task or specialised capability for example vertical, caves, confined space, diving, swift water or flood rescue operations.
Marine Rescue Units (MRU) are those units that are specifically trained, manned and equipped to carry out marine rescue operations. MRU are equipped with rescue vessels which have been accredited to respond within a specified rescue operational area, on a 24 hour, seven days a week basis.
Documents including the State Rescue Policy, Flood Rescue Policy, the Vertical Rescue Directive, Summary of Accredited Marine and Land Rescue Unit and Mandatory Equipment Lists are available.
More information on the State Rescue documents
More information on the State Rescue Board Annual Reports