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Commissioner's Message

April 2015.

The New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association (NSW VRA) was formed in 1969. We currently have approximately 3,700 members.

Our organisation is New South Wales based & consists of:

  • 42 General Land rescue Squads
  • 3 Specialist Squads
  • 13 Support squads

In the reporting period 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014 the NSW VRA attended:

  • 10,803 incidents which involved 104,612 operational hours
  • Assisted 5,219 persons
  • Rescued 3,199 persons
  • Removed 58 deceased persons

Over & above this our members spent 119,302 hours in training, meetings, regional exercises, fundraising & equipment maintenance.

The NSW VRA will respond to any of the following incidents: Motor Vehicle; Domestic; Industrial; Inland water; Cave rescue; Cliff/vertical rescue; Emergency Lighting; Traffic Control; Body Recoveries; Animal rescues; Driver Reviver; Alpine/Snow; Photographic & other incidents that occur from time to time. We also assist the other NSW Emergency Services like NSW Rural Fire Service; NSW State Emergency Service; NSW Police Service; NSW Ambulance Service. Fire & Rescue NSW.

The NSW VRA can be called out by any person in NSW but our primary call out source is the NSW Police Service.

In September 2011 we commenced our own call centre, on a contract basis at Gonnellabah near Lismore in NSW. This call centre is the major communication link between the Emergency Services & all our VRA squads.

The NSW Volunteer Rescue Association have our own Registered Training Organisation. We are now well equipped to train & issue nationally recognised qualifications to our members that can be used outside the organisation & in the market place today.

It would not be possible to have such a professional Volunteer organisation that is held in very high regard & respect, without the help & financial assistance from the NSW Government. This has been ongoing since 1969 when the association was formed. Our current contract agreement expires mid 2016 and we look forward to continuing this relationship. The NSW Volunteer Rescue Association provide support to the population of NSW twenty four hours per day, seven days per week.

We also need to pay great respect & appreciation to the NRMA who are a major sponsor of the NSW VRA. The sponsorship assists the NSW VRA by supplying a uniform allowance, Point of Sale, to our member squads plus specialised equipment grants for expensive equipment that the squads normally cannot afford. The joint relationship is held in high regard amongst our members. Our current sponsorship agreement expires in February 2017. The NRMA have been our major sponsors for some 14 Years.

As with other Emergency Services in NSW we rely on the help & support of many business, local & corporate, too many to be mentioned, but their support is indicative to the community they live in and in most cases without this support, our squads may not exist.

The other common denominator to our very successful Rescue Squads is the Volunteers. The NSW VRA is on its own when we say our organisation is run with volunteers. We, like our other emergency services rely on these Volunteers to run & work in our squads and we can never have enough. If you feel as though you may like to become a member or operator in one of our squads, please contact our General Enquiries Line on 1300 872 777 in the first instance, with your details and your information will be passed onto the NSW VRA squad closest to your residence.

Keep safe

Mark Gibson
Commissioner
NSW VRA