The Central Coast Rescue Squad (VRA Rescue NSW), was first established in 1975 and has been helping the communities of the Central Coast ever since. The Central Coast Rescue Squad is the primary rescue agency to the communities from Ourimbah and Bateau Bay to the South, Kulnura to the West and Lake Munmorah and Gwandalan in the North. The squad provides services in General Land Rescue, Road Crash Rescue, Vertical Rescue, Industrial and Domestic Rescue and Animal Rescue. The squad also supports in times of floods and other natural disasters to our sister agencies. The squad is run by dedicated volunteers who give up their time to provide an essential service to the community. Our volunteers are available 24 hours a day. 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.
Over the last 12 months the rescue squad has been activated by NSW Police to attend 358 rescues and NSW SES for 76 flood rescues. This brings the total number of activations to 434 rescues.
The funding the Wyong Roos Foundation provided to the Central Coast VRA was an essential source of financial assistance. It allowed them to deliver this vital service without compromising business continuity.
The projects last year the squad set out to achieve were completed with success and allowed the rescue squads first responders to undertake their work with upgraded communications and equipment that is fit for purpose that reduces time for patients awaiting rescue and medical treatment.
WRF funding for 2023 will allow the local squad to complete the following projects:
• Fit for task Flood rescue uniforms for members undertaking rescue in flooded environments.
• Vertical rescue rigging kit upgrade on 2nd rescue truck.
• Truck servicing and maintaining their response fleet.
• Fuel usage for light response vehicle.