Central Coast Rescue Squad

Our purpose is to preserve the quality of life and provide the Central Coast a small army of unpaid professionals that are ready to respond at a moments notice, ready to lend a “helping hand, anywhere, anytime.” Also to provide community awareness about road safety, with programmes such as Driver Reviver.

In The Beginning… In the mid 1970’s before the freeway was complete the Pacific Highway was one of the deadliest stretches of road in New South Wales and with no specialized rescue unit on the central coast. The officer in charge of police rescue Ray Tyson met with Wyong Shire council to discuss the need for the Central Coast to have its own rescue unit. Not long after this meeting a small group of interested persons trained with the Lake Macquarie state Emergency Services Rescue Squad but to operate under the restrictions of the SES at the time would have inhibited the operations of the squad. In July of 1975 a meeting with Mr. Max Walters, President of the Volunteer Rescue Association resulted in the formation of the current rescue squad. On the 18th of July 1975 a public meeting was held and a basic constitution was agreed upon and The Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Squad was officially formed after this the founding members of the squad took part in further training courses including the necessary first aid courses for affiliation with the VRA. With the support of local businesses and the lions clubs and hymix quarries the squad’s first vehicle was obtained which was an AB148 series International and with the help of Morson engineering the back of an old milk truck was rebuilt and fitted to the truck and was comissioned for rescue in September 1975.