Role statement - Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

 Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations (Incorporating Land and Marine Operations)

Search and Rescue operations are often supported by volunteer emergency search and rescue organisations. There are a number of volunteer emergency land, water and transport search and rescue organisations who are specialised and/or provide search and rescue support services in localised areas of the State, including:

  • approved units of Country Fire Authority for Vertical Rescue 
  • approved units of the Victoria State Emergency Service for Vertical Rescue/Swift Water Rescue 
  • Australian Search and Rescue K9 
  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard (AVCG) Units 
  • Bush Search and Rescue Victoria 
  • Echuca Moama Search and Rescue Squad (land and road) 
  • EMV Accredited volunteer Marine / Land Search & Rescue Units  
  • Independent Alpine Resorts Board Ski Patrols 
  • Oscar One (CFA Bendigo) for Mine Rescue 
  • Search and Rescue Dogs Australia (SARDA) 
  • Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad (land, water and road) 


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Broaden community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community


Engage with communities about volunteer agencies capabilities and capacity in an emergency 

1.1, 1.2, 2.1

Provide advice, information, and assistance to volunteer agencies and the community in relation to emergency management principles and practice 

1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 4.5, 4.6

Provide information and education displays at tradeshows and community events

2.1, 4.5

Provide training programs (such as Basic First Aid) to people affected by emergencies in support of lead agencies 

1.4, 3.2

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source
Lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of rescue: aircraft, building/structure collapse, vehicle into building/structure, road, rail, industrial)  Table 10: Support agencies for response

Support agency to VicPol for land, water and transport search and rescue 

3.2, 12.1, 12.3

Supported by CFA and VICSES who also provide volunteer emergency workers for emergency search and rescue response operations


Provide specialised search and rescue equipment 

10.1, 10.3, 10.4

Further information about specific roles/services provided can be obtained by contacting Victoria Water Police/Search and Rescue Squad via the Rescue Coordination Centre (staffed 24/7) at Williamstown 

3.2, 3.3


For recovery activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.

Assurance and Learning

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.