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.
The answer in 1' 29"!
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.
Feilding RCR Challenge July 21
The 2021 United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA) Road Crash Rescue (RCR) Challenge was held in Feilding (New Zealand) on the 18th and 19th June 2021 at Mansfield Park. The rescue competition saw eight teams go head to head across the Controlled, Entrapped and Time Critical competitions, and resulted in Amberley Volunteer Fire Brigade taking out the South Island trophy (great to see in a new team) and Whitianga Volunteer Fire Brigade taking out the North Island Trophy (as we have all come to expect!).
Challenge Chief Assessor and ARRO Technical Committee Chair Dave Stackhouse said that “it was great to see that after a year off following COVID there is so much interest in RCR competitions and some brigades were able to maintain their ‘A game’ during that time”.
Encouragingly however, the Trauma challenge generated a lot of interest, with twelve teams participating – and Amberley Volunteer Brigade again coming first in this competition. There was also a lot of interest from both Wellington Free and St John Ambulance personnel who expressed a desire to enter this competition and test/enhance their skills alongside their fire counterparts in the high fidelity simulations.
St John Ambulance NZ Deputy Chief Executive and ARRO Vice President Dan Ohs said that “the Trauma challenge has become a premier event alongside the Rescue Challenge and is a key opportunity for ambulance personnel to work alongside their Fire Rescue colleagues. We hope to grow this event and the Resuscitation Challenge into the future to really bring fire and ambulance agencies together in peace time”.
The UFBA team did a great job of hosting the event, and we were pleased that around ten New Zealand based ARRO Assessors were able to support the UFBA competition also.
Ngā mihi mahana
Daniel Ohs - Deputy President
Launch of new app designed to protect our first responders & save lives
Designed to help protect frontline emergency services personnel and provide faster post-crash care to vehicle occupants at the scene of a crash, Australasia’s independent vehicle safety advocate, ANCAP SAFETY, has launched a new digital app.
The app compiles ‘rescue sheets’ for 500+ new and used vehicle models available across Australia and New Zealand, and is being made available to all state and territory road crash rescue agencies free of charge to assist with the safe and efficient extrication of road crash casualties.
The ANCAP RESCUE app is available to all Australian and New Zealand emergency service agencies for free from the App Store and Google Play.