In The Beginning... In the mid 1970's before the freeway was complete the Pacific Highway was one of the deadliest stretches of road in New South Wales and with no specialized rescue unit on the central coast. The officer in charge of police rescue Ray Tyson met with Wyong Shire council to discuss the need for the Central Coast to have its own rescue unit. Not long after this meeting a small group of interested persons trained with the Lake Macquarie state Emergency Services Rescue Squad but to operate under the restrictions of the SES at the time would have inhibited the operations of the squad.
In July of 1975 a meeting with Mr. Max Walters, President of the Volunteer Rescue Association resulted in the formation of the current rescue squad. On the 18th of July 1975 a public meeting was held and a basic constitution was agreed upon and The Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Squad was officially formed after this the founding members of the squad took part in further training courses including the necessary first aid courses for affiliation with the VRA. With the support of local businesses and the lions clubs and hymix quarries the squad's first vehicle was obtained which was an AB148 series International and with the help of Morson engineering the back of an old milk truck was rebuilt and fitted to the truck and was comissioned for rescue in September 1975 .
Today, we provide General Land Rescue, Vertical Rescue, Road Crash Rescue, Animal Rescue and Logistical support to other emergency services across the Central Coast Region. Our area spans from Ourimbah and Bateau Bay in the south, out west to Kulnura and north to Lake Munmorah.
We operate three rescue vehicles 24x7 365 days a year in support of these operations thanks to our dedicated team of volunteers.
Join the Team
We are constantly recruiting new members to join our team. if you are looking for a new challenge and would like to join our team please provide your details below.
Prospective members must be over 18 years of age, be able to pass a criminal background check and live / work within our primary response area.
Our primary response area extends from Lake Munmorah to the North, Ourimbah / Bateau Bay in the south and west to Yarramalong.