The Australasian peak body for road rescue


The Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) is the peak body in Australasia for the development and exchange of information, knowledge and skills in road rescue. Its membership is drawn from the individuals and organisations in the emergency services that assist people at road crashes everyday such as Fire Services, State Emergency Services and Ambulance Services.

ARRO was established as the Australian National Road Accident Rescue Association (ANRARA) in 1996. ANRARA changed its name to ARRO in 2003 to better reflect its position on the World Rescue Organisation. ARRO represents Australasia on the council.

ARRO is a membership based Association, incorporated in Victoria, and relies on the support of members to exist. Members can be individuals, emergency service organisations, as well as corporates with an interest in the rescue industry. ARRO operates as a non-profit organisation under the Associations Incorporation Act (Vic) 1981 and has Rules of Association.

What is ARRO all about?

The answer in 1' 29"!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Teams often have questions about participation in the rescue challenge and about improving on road service delivery. The ARRO Technical Committee has developed these questions and answers to assist rescue teams in identifying best practice in both the challenge and day to day rescue on the road. 

All in a day at ARC16

ARC17 Highlights


Message From the President

ARC2019 Dubbo, NSW – The Results

It is my privilege as President of ARRO, to announce the results of the 2019 Australasian Resce Challenge, conducted at Dubbo, NSW, between 25-28 July 2019.  We witnessed 21 teams (126 rescue practitioners) representing three contries, compete over three challenge days across the rescue events of Time Critical, Controlled and Entrapped scenarios. 

ARC19 was jointly hosted by FRNSW and NSW SES who, in conjunction with our Challenge Management Team, Technical Committee and Executive Committee, delivered another quality.

Overview of ARC19:

  • Well over a year in the making
  • 3 countries represented
  • 21 teams (126 team members)
  • 3 challenge categories (3 x extrication, 2 x trauma and a CPR challenge)
  • 2 workshop training pits (showcasing Holmatro and Lukas tools)
  • 1 day learning symposium with 250 attending
  • 63 RCR scenarios and 42 trauma scenarios
  • Over 100 patients moulaged

The Teams:

  • ACT Fire and Rescue, Tasmania Fire Service, Victoria SES Bacchus Marsh, Victoria SES Bendigo, QFES Brisbane South, Hong Kong Fire Department, QFES Cairns, QFES Brisbane North, NSW SES Snowy River, FRNSW Dubbo, WA DFES, Tasmania SES Southern Team, FENZ Feilding, NSW SES Port Macquarie, SA MFS, NSW SES Hawkesbury, FENZ Wanaka, FRNSW Wollongong, CFA Werribee, FENZ Huntly, FRNSW Ulladulla

The Results:

  • Overall Winner - FENZ Wanaka
  • Runners Up - Tasmania Fire Service
  • 3rd Overall - FENZ Feilding
  • Best Technical Team - QFES Brisbane South
  • Best Team Leader - FENZ Wanaka
  • Best Medical Team - Tasmania Fire Service
  • SES Directors Shield - NSW SES Port Macquarie
  • Winner Entrapped Pit - FENZ Wanaka, 2nd TFS, 3rd FENZ Feilding
  • Winner Controlled Pit - FENZ Wanaka, 2nd TFS, 3rd QFES Brisbane South
  • Winner Time Critical Pit - QFES Brisbane North, 2nd CFA Werribee, 3rd SA MFS
  • Winner Trauma Challenge - SA MFS, 2nd FENZ Feilding, 3rd ACT Fire and Rescue
  • Spirit of the Challenge - Hong Kong Fire Department
  • CPR Challenge - CFA Werribee (this was a trial event which is expected to be an additional event at future challenges)

Note: Please check our ARRO Facebook page for photos, videos and further detail.

Australasian Rescue Challenge 2020

ARC2020 will be hosted by QFES in Toowoomba from 16th to 19th July.  More information to come.

World Rescue Challenge 2019

The 2019 World Rescue Challenge will be over the 12th to 16th September in La Rochelle, France

Holden Partner Program - Discount New Cars

In recognition of the long standing relationship between ARRO and Holden, ARRO members are eligible to access a range of extensive discounts on the purchase of new Holden vehicles.  This offer is only available to Australian individual ARRO members.  If you would like to access the program, why not join ARRO today! Existing ARRO members can access the program via this link. 


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