The Wagga Wagga Rescue Squad works with NSW Ambulance Rescue to act as primary response in the Wagga Wagga region. They perform a wide range of tasks, varying from Road Accident Rescue, to Missing Persons Searches. They also perform tasks for community events. These may range from First Aid to Training.
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.
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 organisation in Australia and a foundation member of the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) itself, which was formed in 1969. The VRA acts as a primary response unit that assists in the rescue of people in emergancy situations. Nowadays the VRA has over 70 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. Hydraulic equipment quickly replaced the manual equipment to assist the squad further in their efforts, while the manual equipment is kept up to code and ready to use as a contingency plan.