Rescue Arrange​ments in NSW

Rescue services in NSW are based on a network of accredited rescue units located throughout the state. The rescue network is managed by the State Rescue Board.

The Board's principles for accreditation of rescue resources within New South Wales are:

  • the threat and rescue needs of the community to be serviced are balanced to ensure that the rescue resources are matched to the rescue requirement in each area;
  • that rescue units continue to accept Police responsibility for control and coordination of rescue incidents.

Rescue​ providers in NSW

Rescue units in NSW are predominantly provided by the following organisations:

  • NSW Police Force
  • NSW Ambulance
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • NSW State Emergency Service
  • NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Incorporated
  • Marine Rescue NSW

Rescu​e Units

Accredited rescue resources are categorised as either:

  • General Land Rescue (GLR)
  • Road Crash Rescue (RCR)
  • Vertical Rescue (VR)
  • Flood Rescue (FR)
  • Marine Rescue (MR)

General La​​nd R​escue Unit

A rescue unit trained and equipped to handle a broad range of rescue tasks in their designated area of responsibility.

Specialist R​​esc​​ue Unit

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 Rescu​e Units

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.