About the Search and Rescue core capability

Deliver traditional and atypical search and rescue capabilities, including people and resources with the goal of saving the greatest number of endangered lives in the shortest time possible.

Critical Task Table 12: Agency roles mapped to the Victorian Preparedness Framework, by critical tasks within the Search and Rescue core capability

 

Critical Task 12.1: Conduct large scale search operations to locate persons.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

ADF

During an emergency event or incident involving ADF aircraft or vessels, as detailed in the National Search and Rescue Manual, ADF is the responsible control agency, in conjunction with state Police and the AMSA

3.1, 12.3

LSV

 

Provide air, water and land-based search and rescue services to locate lost persons and vessels at sea and inland waterways supporting VicPol through Rescue powercraft (rescue boats and rescue water craft): Inshore search and rescue (up to 2 nautical miles) as well as offshore search and rescue (greater than 2 nautical miles); Remote piloted aircraft systems (Drones); Helicopter services capable of winching persons over land and water; and All-terrain vehicles capable of driving on beaches

3.1, 3.2, 10.1, 12.3

Provide both paid and volunteer water-based patrolling including inshore, rescue and response services provided from LSV supported locations across Port Phillip Bay, the Victorian coastline and inland waterways

3.1, 3.2, 12.3

Parks Victoria

Search and rescue on land and in Victorian waters, particularly those managed by PV, under the direction of VicPol

3.2

VICSES

 

Provide key support for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

3.2, 12.3

Provide key support for search and rescue on land and water evacuations and incidents involving mass casualties

3.2, 5.2, 8.2, 12.3

VicPol

Control agency for search and rescue on land and Victorian waters, other than for ADF ships and planes

3.1, 12.3

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

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

3.2, 12.3

 

Critical Task 12.2: Coordinate spontaneous volunteers.

No activities identified.

 

Critical Task 12.3: Conduct mass rescue of trapped or isolated persons.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

ADF

During an emergency event or incident involving ADF aircraft or vessels, as detailed in the National Search and Rescue Manual, ADF is the responsible control agency, in conjunction with state Police and the AMSA

3.1, 12.1

Airservices Australia

Control agency for aircraft inflight emergencies and rescue and firefighting at designated airports

3.1, 7.2

CFA

 

Control agency for response:

  • fire on private land within Country Area Victoria
  • road or other accidents involving gas leakage, and hazardous materials, high consequence dangerous goods or dangerous goods (including leaks and spills)
  • road or other accidents involving lifts, scaffolding and amusement structures (excluding cranes) and building collapse
  • fire and explosion incidents, including those involving aircraft, marine vessels (outside designated Port of Melbourne Waters), boilers and pressure vessels
  • rescue incidents involving lifts, scaffolding or amusement structures, rail, aircraft, industrial, road, and building structures

3.1, 7.2

Protect life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through rescue of persons from other emergencies, including fire; road, rail and aircraft accidents; industrial accidents and other emergencies (including provision of steep and high angle rescues)

 

Provide key support for:

  • Mines Rescue capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements
  • tunnel and trench rescue incidents
  • USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

3.2

DJPR

Key support agency for rescue: mine/quarry and lift, crane, scaffolding or amusement structure

12.3

FRV

Control agency for fire and other emergencies (as identified in the Response table) for the FRV Fire District (including the Port of Melbourne and waters as defined in the Port Management Act 1995) including:

  • road or other accidents involving gas leakage, hazardous materials (including (high consequence) dangerous goods), lifts, cranes or scaffolding and amusement structures, and building collapse
  • fire and explosion incidents, including those involving aircraft and boilers and pressure vessels
  • rescue incidents involving lifts, cranes or scaffolding and amusement structures, rail, aircraft and industrial, road, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), confined space, trench, low-high angle and tunnel, and building structures

3.1, 7.2

FRV

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through rescue of persons from fire, road, rail and aircraft accidents, industrial accidents and other emergencies

3.1

LSV

Provide both paid and volunteer water-based patrolling including inshore, rescue and response services provided from LSV supported locations across Port Phillip Bay, the Victorian coastline and inland waterways

3.1, 3.2, 12.1

Provide air, water and land-based search and rescue services to locate lost persons and vessels at sea and inland waterways supporting VicPol through Rescue powercraft (rescue boats and rescue water craft): Inshore search and rescue (up to 2 nautical miles) as well as offshore search and rescue (greater than 2 nautical miles); Remote piloted aircraft systems (Drones); Helicopter services capable of winching persons over land and water; and All-terrain vehicles capable of driving on beaches

3.1, 3.2, 10.1, 12.1

VicPol

Control agency for:

 
  • rescues in mines or quarries and caves

3.1

  • search and rescue on land and Victorian waters, other than for ADF ships and planes

3.1, 12.1

VICSES

Control agency for:

  • storm, flood, landslide, tsunami and earthquake
  • accidents involving building collapse
  • rescue incidents involving rail, aircraft and industrial, road, and building structures

3.1

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment through rescue of persons from road crash, and rescue of persons endangered by steep and high angle incidents, swift water and other emergencies or dangerous situations

3.1

Provide key support for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

3.2, 12.1

Provide key support for:

 
  • search and rescue on land and water evacuations and incidents involving mass casualties

3.2, 5.2, 8.2, 12.1

  • swift water rescue and maritime incidents across the state

3.2

Volunteer Search and Rescue Organisations

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

3.2, 12.1

 

Critical Task 12.4: Coordinate deployment of state, national and international people and resources.

Agency Activity Additional alignment to critical tasks

AMSA

Manager of the National Plan for Maritime Environmental Emergencies including management of oil spill response equipment stockpiles, an aerial dispersant capability and a national team of trained responders and emergency managers

16.5

ESTA

Dispatch appropriate emergency response resources and support them with situational awareness information through operational communication networks

3.2, 7.3, 14.4

FRV and VICSES

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

3.2

Services Australia

Implement agreements with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies, and outline the arrangements in place with States, Territories and Commonwealth agencies for the provision of support services if resources are overwhelmed during an emergency. Note: Other agreements outline the arrangements between the department and policy agencies about how they will work together to deliver the best possible services (within their portfolio of responsibility) to the community

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 3.2, 7.3, 14.4

VicPol

Support other agencies in provision of personnel

3.2, 8.3