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Bush Search and Rescue

searching for lost bushwalkers

The NSW Police are responsible for initiating and coordinating all land search and rescue operations in the state such as missing or injured bushwalkers, canyoners and climbers. They may choose to call in the services of the NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) to assist in the search.

NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue is a specialist volunteer squad competent not only in remote search and rescue, but in vertical rescue, canyon rescue and helicopter work.

Formerly known as the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad (BWRS), with strong historical links to Bushwalking NSW and the VRA, the highly skilled NSW SES BSAR is now a specialist state-wide unit under the NSW State Emergency Service.

More information on how to join SES BSAR as a volunteer and get involved in helping the outdoors community can be found here.