About Us

 

The Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad has many volunteers with various professions in life. All these members are trained and ready to respond quickly in the event of an emergency within our region.

Primary Role

 

The Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad works with NSW Ambulance Rescue to act as primary response in the Wagga Wagga region.

 

The Squad performs a wide range of tasks, varying from Road Accident Rescue, Domestic Rescue, Animal Rescue through to Missing Persons Searches. They also perform tasks for community events, such as First Aid. 

 

Brief History

 

Prior to 1950, there was no organisation in Wagga Wagga that was capable of handling persons believed to be lost in the river or drowning accidents. This type of work depends solely on the availability of personnel who can not only swim but be able to navigate the river and the availability of rescue equipment and boats. The local police did not have these resources and depended on adhoc arrangements that were previously in place.

The Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad is one of the oldest volunteer rescue organisations in Australia and a foundation member of the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) itself, which was formed in 1969. In 2021, The NSW VRA has changed its name to VRA Rescue NSW, whilst still providing the same high quality service to the people of NSW. The Wagga squad as part of VRA Rescue NSW act as the primary response unit in emergency situations, alongside over 50 affiliated squads.

 

The Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad is renowned for its operation as a boat 'shuttle service', rescuing many people trapped by flood water during the many times of the great floods from 1952 to recent flood events. The efforts of the squad were reflected by the appreciation of those trapped, and by the farmers of stock which was also rescued by the squad.

Since 1971, the rescue squad has been increasingly involved in the rescue of people trapped from motor vehicle accidents. With the assistance of sophisticated rescue equipment the squad has been able to save many lives of those trapped. Nowadays the squad is equipped with some of the most advanced and up-to-date rescue equipment and vehicles available. Battery Operated Tools and Hydraulic equipment have now replaced the manual equipment to assist the squad further in their efforts, however the manual equipment is still maintained  and ready to use as a contingency plan.

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