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