Reliability, Performance, Compliance


Simulated rescue marks Marine Rescue NSW funding boost


A simulated marine rescue involving flares has taken place in Australia as major new funding has been announced for Marine Rescue NSW.

The confirmation of the $476,000 in government funding, which will be used to recruit and train more volunteers, was made by State Minister for Emergency Services, Troy Grant, and Member for Cronulla, Mark Speakman.

They then watched the simulated rescue at Port Hacking, which involved the crew of Port Hacking 30 assisting a boater who fired flares offshore from the Marine Rescue base.

Marine Rescue NSW aims to use the funds to buy six pop-up recruitment trailers, 150 rescue and CPR mannequins, 82 iPads and six boat fire simulation machines, along with training centre fit-outs and volunteer training.

Marine Rescue Botany Port Hacking will be one of 45 rescue units to share the benefits of the funding, receiving new training and technological assets for its work to assist boaters off Sydney’s southern coastline, Port Hacking, Botany Bay and the Georges River. 

Mr Grant says, “Marine Rescue’s 3,000 volunteers do an outstanding job, keeping watch over our coastline, two high-risk inland waterways and marine radio airwaves, and they are always ready to help boaters in trouble.

“This funding will ensure we have even more trained volunteers to help meet the growing demand for Marine Rescue’s services on our waterways. 

“The organisation will utilise the funding to attract more members and provide the technology, equipment and specialised training its volunteers need to assist and protect our boating community.” 

Mr Speakman says this new funding represents a valuable investment in the safety of volunteers and boaters.

“It will help volunteers, including those at Port Hacking, to carry out their rescue duties safely and effectively.

“Our MRNSW volunteers are often called on to respond to emergencies in hazardous weather and sea conditions. This funding will go towards training equipment for the volunteers’ sea survival and firefighting training so they are better prepared for major emergencies on the water.”

The funding also includes grants for six regional MRNSW units at Brunswick, Ballina, Trial Bay, Hawkesbury, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie. 

MRNSW equipment and training funded under the EVSS includes: 

  • Six high-profile pop up recruitment trailers and materials to support units’ promotional activities to attract new volunteer members
  • Boat fire simulation machine and 50 water rescue mannequins for volunteers’ sea survival and firefighting training
  • New first aid training equipment, including 100 adult and infant CPR mannequins, 20 oxygen resuscitation and automated defibrillator kits and 50 first aid scenario training kits 
  • 82 iPads for MRNSW vessels, automating crews’ risk assessment processes before taking to the water
  • Support for the biennial MRNSW Leadership Conference for volunteer Unit Commanders and Deputy Unit Commanders at Port Macquarie in September 
  • Equipment for new training facilities at Marine Rescue Ballina and Trial Bay
  • Recruitment advertisements and productions for Marine Rescue Brunswick, Trial Bay and Port Stephens.

The funding has been allocated to MRNSW under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, a joint Commonwealth-State Government program to assist with the recruitment, retention and training of emergency services volunteers. 

The main image is courtesy of Marine Rescue NSW's Twitter feed.
May 02, 2017