The State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 (SERM Act) provides for the establishment of the State Rescue Board of NSW with a structure and system for the management of rescue at local and regional level.
The principal function of the State Rescue Board is to ensure the efficient and effective maintenance of rescue services throughout NSW. The State Rescue Board carries out its responsibilities through the heads of the agencies that provide accredited rescue units and through the NSW Police Force, which is responsible for the coordination of rescue operations within NSW.
The State Rescue Board is, in the exercise of its functions, subject to the control and direction of the Minister for Emergency Services.
Section 43 (2) of the SERM Act provides that one of the members of the Board is to be appointed as Chairperson by the Minister.
The State Rescue Board is required to: