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The Brunswick Valley and District Volunteer Rescue Organisation Inc was formed in 1977 as a community owned and supported road rescue organisation following a serious motor vehicle accident on the highway bridge over the Brunswick River , and has maintained this status for nearly 30 years.

The organisation is affiliated with the New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association Inc (NSW VRA), and is reliant on support from the community.

One founding member still belongs to the squad taking an active roll in performing rescues at motor vehicle accidents as well as guiding and training newer members in his roll as road captain.

The squad maintains around twenty volunteers highly trained and accredited as road rescue operators who train regularly to the standards required by the NSW State Rescue Board. These members come from all over Byron Shire.

The members respond to emergencies on a 24/7 basis via a pager system.

The emergency could be a motor vehicle accident on any road in the shire from Clunes in the west to Knockrow in the south, on the coast road between Broken Head and Lennox Head, to Hulls Road in the north including Mooball and Wooyung and the roads west of Mullumbimby; or it could be to assist someone who has fallen over a cliff such as Cape Byron, Minyon Falls or the hills west of Mullumbimby. The Police call the squad to assist with land and bush searches, plane and or hang glider crashes, crime scenes and any other emergency as required. Our members also assist the SES in times of floods.

There are four rescue vehicles – one in each town of the shire – with the main rescue vehicle stationed at our headquarters at Brunswick Heads.

The State Rescue Policy states that rescue is for persons or animals in distress so we do not forget the animals from wayward cats up trees, birds in difficulty, cows in bogs and a horse in a well.

So you can see that this group of dedicated volunteer rescue operators proudly serve Byron Shire by upholding the motto of the NSW VRA in providing “a helping hand – anywhere – anytime”.






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