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?

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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. 

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ARC17 Highlights


Message From the President

Australasian Rescue Challenge 2018 - Victoria

It is my privilege as the President of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) to announce the results of the 2018 Australasian Rescue Challenge, conducted at the Lardner Park, Warragul, Victoria between 26 – 29 July 2018. We witnessed 18 teams (108 rescue practitioners) representing three countries, competing over the three challenge days across the three rescue events of Time Critical, Controlled and Entrapped scenarios.  This year we once again also ran the Trauma Challenge for the 6th year which continues to grow in status.

ARC ’18 was hosted by ARRO who, in conjunction with our Challenge Management Team, Technical Committee and Executive Committee, delivered another quality event. This year we also hosted the AFAC Urban Operations Group meeting with many staying on to participate in the 1-day Learning Symposium and to show their leadership support to the challenge teams.

The ARRO Learning Symposium and workshop was conducted where 200 rescuers attended. The symposium included a quality presentation from Dr David Logan (Monash University), Joanne Markham (GM OnStar), Andrew Thorn (MFB) with a case study on Bolte Bridge truck crash, Rainer Kiessling (SAMFS) case study on a multi-vehicle crash as well as 4 practical hands-on workshops.


  • Overall winners – FENZ Wanaka
  • Runners Up – FENZ Feilding
  • 3rd Overall – FENZ Whitianga
  • Best Technical Team – FENZ Wanaka
  • Best Team Leader – FENZ Wanaka
  • Best Medical Team – FENZ Wanaka
  • SES Directors Shield – NSW SES Port Macquarie Hastings
  • Winner Entrapped Pit – FENZ Whitianga
  • 2nd – FENZ Wanaka
  • 3rd – FENZ Feilding
  • Winner Controlled Pit – FENZ Feilding
  • 2nd – FENZ Wanaka
  • 3rd – QFES Port Douglas
  • Winner Time Critical Pit – FENZ Wanaka
  • 2nd – QFES Brisbane
  • 3rd – FRNSW Wollongong
  • Winner Trauma Challenge – ACT Fire and Rescue
  • 2nd – FENZ Feilding
  • 3rd – Hong Kong Fire Services Department
  • Spirit of the Challenge – Hong Kong Fire Services Department

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

Australasian Rescue Challenge 2019 - New South Wales

ARC19 will be held in Dubbo, NSW over the 26th to 28th July with the symposium and registration being conducted on the 25th.  The event will be jointly hosted by FRNSW and NSWSES.  Further details and a link to the event website will be posted in the very near future.

Sponsorship Cements our Future Directions

ARRO being a not for profit organisation relies heavily on membership fees and financial support to not only maintain our day to day standards but also to grow the business and thereby meeting future needs and addressing member expectations.  It is therefore with much pleasure that we welcome PT Hydraulics in joining our elite Gold Sponsor listing.  PT Hydraulics have been long-time supporters of ARRO and our annual Australasian Rescue Challenge but now they step into the Gold sponsorship league joining FRSA/Holmatro and ResQtec.  ARRO promotes ourselves as the ‘capability hub’ supporting our individual members and agencies though doctrine development, research and development, skill enhancement, knowledge sharing and importantly, networking amongst our on-road rescue and patient care practitioners.  To achieve our goals, ARRO needs and welcomes the sponsorship support from PT Hydraulics, FRSA/Holmatro and ResQtec.  Please visit our Gold Sponsors websites, view their product range and support their businesses as they support us.

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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or Tel: +61 (0)407 629 205.

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