NSW Police Force, assisting in the land and sea search and rescue
Surf Life Saving NSW, ensuring the safety of the community on the beach and in the ocean
NSW State Emergency Service, providing flood rescue operations and disaster support throughout NSW
Rural Fire Service, deploying personnel into fire zones and other emergency support
Australian Search and Rescue (AusSAR), responding to distress beacons activated by bushwalkers or marine vessels
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) responding to distress beacons activated by bushwalkers or marine vessels
The service employs highly experienced pilots. The Chief Pilot is responsible for managing the operational matters of the service. Along with the usual skill requirements of licensed pilots, they have experience in IFR (instruments flight rules) flying, sling-load carriage, over watch operations and winching.
The Air Crew have extensive experience in aviation search and rescue and have qualifications in life saving and advanced resuscitation techniques. They are responsible for pre-flight inspections, mission planning and coordination of all search and rescue and retrieval missions. Air Crew are responsible for rescue and emergency equipment, assist pilots with take-off and landing procedures and operate communications equipment. They control the helicopter rescue hoist and make sure everyone in and around the helicopter is safe.
Rescue Crew are the front line in the operations team, performing the rescue function ‘down the wire’ using the winch cable to go down into the water, on the side of a cliff or on a rock ledge. The crew are highly skilled with qualifications in search and rescue, emergency care, spinal management, advanced resuscitation, and radio communications.