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. 

ARC Dubbo 2019 - Just some of the action

ARC Dubbo 2019 - Workshop Highlights


Visit us at AFAC21

ARRO are participating in the AFAC21 Virtual Conference & Exhibition and will have a virtual booth in the Exhibition Hall.
The AFAC powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference brings together a broad spectrum of emergency management practitioners together to learn and share experiences.


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


FRNSW & SES host Inaugural State RCR Challenge - May 2021

Due to Covid-19 restrictions it has not been possible for ARRO to hold the annual challenge event.  This has not stopped our agencies in NSW from keeping their skills up and getting together to hold a multi-agency state-based challenge. 

The NSW Challenge was jointly hosted by Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and State Emergency Services (SES).  Working on a similar principle to the ARC, challenges allowed a wide range of competitors to try their hand at competition and polish up their skills, with some agency specific challenges designed to hone rescue skills.

Held over three days at Rural Fire Service’s Hot Fire Training Centre in Mogo, the challenge saw NSW SES volunteers and FRNSW firefighters work through various scenarios to develop and refine their skills in road crash rescue.  

Teams attended:

  • Workshops
  • Symposium
  • Entrapment, Time Critical/Controlled and Trauma Challenges,
  • CPR Masterclass, Firefighter Down Drills and Industrial Domestic Rescue scenario.

Congratulations to FRNSW’s South Coast Harlequins team, who were named category winner of ‘Spirit of the Challenge’ in the first-ever State Road Crash Rescue Challenge, a joint initiative of FRNSW and NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES). 

FRNSW Assistant Commissioner Robert McNeil said, “’Crews absolutely loved it, working with other agencies, the challenging realistic scenarios really put the teams to the test.”’   

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