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

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

ARC2020 – Cancelled

The ARRO Executive, in consultation with QFES, have taken the unprecedented move of cancelling this year’s Australasian Rescue Challenge due to the current outbreak of COVID-19.

The outbreak has placed significant uncertainty amongst our Agency members on whether to send teams to ARC20 or to forego the Challenge this year. All Agency and industry COVID-19 planning is focussing on the long term impacts of this pandemic with closing of borders, restrictions of travellers, reduction of services and heightened protection of the community. ARRO Executive have considered that without a full draw card of teams, the ARC could not be conducted to the same quality standards or occupy the allotted timeframes. It would also reduce the competitiveness across teams and incur significant costs for both the Host Agency (QFES) and for ARRO.

Our members are asking for certainty, our suppliers need suitable lead time and our sponsors commit significant resources to prepare for this event. Therefore the ARRO Executive have decided to cancel ARC'20 and, although early days, we are confident that ARC'21 will pick up where ARC'20 left off and again it will be held in Toowoomba at dates to be determined in July 2021.

It is important for ARRO to conduct our Annual General Meeting, therefore the AGM will be held outside of the Challenge and most likely via Skype or Teleconference on 30 April 2020. Members will be notified of the specific details including time and place in the coming weeks.

I would like to thank you for your ongoing commitment and we look forward to the many future rescue challenges to come.

Ambulance Agencies Join ARRO

I am pleased to report that following a presentation to the Council of Ambulance Authorities by Daniel Ohs, St John New Zealand (Medical Specialist, ARRO Technical Committee) we have managed to recruit six new Agency Members.  Our new agency members are: St John New Zealand, Wellington Free Ambulance, NSW Ambulance, Ambulance Tasmania, St John Northern Territory and Ambulance Victoria. These six agencies now sit alongside our long standing member, Queensland Ambulance.  This initiative should still see several more ambulance agencies join the fold whereupon ARRO will have a 100% membership rate across all agencies that perform road crash rescue in Australasia.  This is a significant advancement for ARRO reflecting true on-road relationship across the agencies.  I would publicly and personally like to thank Dan for his commitment and dedication to advancing this strategy. 

Membership Renewal Freeze

The ARRO Executive determined that due to the current uncertainties surrounding COVOID-19 combined with the cancellation of ARC20 that the upcoming membership renewal period would be put on hold.  The Executive ruled that current financial members (Individuals, Agencies, Associates and Affiliates) are provided the next membership year (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021) free of charge and thereby providing some financial relief in these tough times. The next membership renewal period will be for the 2021/2022 membership year (1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022) with the renewals being sent out around April/May 2021. 


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