Vertical Rescue Operator

Vertical rescue operators use their specialist skills to rescue people and animals trapped at heights and depths, often in challenging environments such as a cliff face, mine shaft, tower, grain silo, cave, mast, building or drain. Operators are located at units along the coastline and in areas with popular recreational climbing areas, mining facilities and industrial complexes. 

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Volunteering type

Rescue of people and animals from heights and depths

Fitness Requirements

High level of fitness is required, including the ability to climb 50m up a rope in 30 minutes, tie knots, work at heights and in confined spaces.

Time Requirements

Initial training requires regular attendance at the weekly Unit training night for 3-5 months, followed by ongoing training and professional development. After initial training, you will be placed on call and attendance will vary depending on rescue requirements.

Skills requirements

The following training pathway is required:

  • Fundamentals & generic skills,
  • Storm and Water Damage Operations (Ground & Heights),
  • Vertical Rescue

Unit locations with this capability

Available at:

  • Armidale-Dumaresq
  • Bathurst
  • Bingara
  • Coffs Harbour CIty
  • Condobolin
  • Deepwater
  • Dorrigo
  • Eden
  • Glengarry
  • Gloucester Shire
  • Goolgowi
  • Grafton City
  • Grenfell
  • Griffith
  • Gundagai
  • Gunnedah
  • Hawkesbury
  • Kiama
  • Kyogle
  • Lightning Ridge
  • Moruya
  • Oberon
  • Parkes
  • Port Macquarie Hastings
  • Queanbeyan
  • Snowy River
  • Tabulam
  • Tenterfield
  • Tumut
  • Urbenville
  • Walcha
  • Wellington
  • Wingecarribee
  • Wollongong City
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