Bush Search and Rescue Operator
NSW SES Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) is a specialist Unit of experienced bushwalkers, canyoners and rock climbers, experienced in operating in remote or wilderness areas.
Their unique skills and high levels of fitness are typically called upon for search and rescue operations in areas without tracks, trails, mobile phone or GRN coverage or access to other resources. They can operate in the field for up to three days without external support.
Field teams are supported by operations personnel at the command post who manage logistics, transport, administration and incident management.
Our members are generally passionate outdoors people who join with an existing understanding of self-sufficiency, wilderness navigation, remote area first aid and off-track bushwalking experience. They are then trained in search techniques, remote communications and other relevant units of competency. They also have extensive knowledge of the remote areas of NSW as they are experienced bushwalkers, canyoners or rock climbers – they know the areas people often get lost, know the mountain passes and the tricky pinches. This knowledge is invaluable when assisting Police in searching for missing persons.
Operating as one Unit under NSW SES State Headquarters we have members throughout NSW. The Unit Headquarters is located at Rooty Hill in Western Sydney and as membership is geographically spread, training is carried out in concentrated blocks over weekends in remote locations, as well as monthly training nights at the HQ.
What’s involved in this role?
Callouts with BSAR usually involve people who have gone missing or been injured whilst bushwalking, climbing or canyoning or people suffering from mental health emergencies in remote and rugged areas.
What you’ll love
- Putting your existing recreational skills and experience to use in the community.
- Enjoy training in areas of remote land search and rescue.
- Use the latest communications and navigation equipment for remote areas
- Working alongside a diverse range of outdoor enthusiasts.
- Building on your existing outdoor skills and capabilities.
How to join the BSAR Unit
If you want to become a Bush Search and Rescue Operator and are not yet a volunteer member of the NSW SES, you will need to apply by clicking on this 'Apply Now' link, and select 'Bush Search and Rescue' as the Unit name and complete the online form.
Existing NSW SES volunteers can apply to join us as Dual Members via EOS/Applications/SAP Portal/Transferring-Dual Membership. Type ‘Bush Search and Rescue’ and do not enter a postcode when prompted.
Once applications are received from either new or dual members, the application will be reviewed by the leadership team and they will contact the member to arrange a face-to-face interview. Similar to the standard interview at a local Unit, however it includes questions that reveal your experience in rugged/remote areas.
Based on this interview, the person may/may not be recommended by the interviewer to join.
If yes, then they will need to pass:
a) the Arduous Pack Test, and
b) the Induction Walk (as well as complete the NSW SES Job Ready competencies) to be accepted as a full member.