Bush Search and Rescue

searching for lost bushwalkers

The police initiate and coordinate bushwalking rescues. They may choose to call in the services of the NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR). to assist in the search. Formerly associated with the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA), BSAR is now a unit of the NSW State Emergency Service (SES).

NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue is a specialist organisation competent not only in bushwalkers search and rescue, but in vertical rescue, canyon rescue, helicopter work, and swift water operations.

The highly skilled NSW SES BSAR is separate from Bushwalking NSW but maintains close ties. The BSAR President is an ex-officio member of the Bushwalking NSW Management Committee, and Bushwalking NSW supports BSAR with a substantial annual contribution to its running costs.

How can I Learn Bush Rescue Skills?

Bush Search and Rescue  is always looking for enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced bushwalkers to join the team. Squad members must be at least 18 years of age.

There are opportunities to volunteer in three areas:

  • Field Operations: Trainee, Team Member or Team Leader
  • Base Operations: Search Managers, Search Base Assistants, Radio Technicians, Radio Operators, Logistics and Drivers
  • Non-Field Operations: Trainers, administration, fundraisers, grant and proposal writing, marketers, Public Relations, media, web skills

Squad Members are required to undertake a Squad Induction Bushwalk, a two day walk of medium difficulty and mostly off track. If accepted for training you will learn:

  • Search techniques
  • Navigation and GPS
  • Radio communication
  • Bush fitness
  • Bushcraft (such as tracking and route finding)
  • How BSAR works with other emergency services

Experienced members may receive further specialised elective training.

If this sounds like you, thoroughly read the information provided on the BSAR website then send an email to requesting information on how to join.

Click here for information about upcoming First Aid courses offered by BSAR