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. 

All in a day at ARC16


Latest News

ARC16 - A Wrap Up from President, Mark Roche

It is my privilege as the President of the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) to announce the results of the 2016 Australasian Rescue Challenge. This years event was conducted at Lardner Park, Warragul, Victoria, between 21 – 24 July 2016 where we witnessed 17 teams (117 rescuers) representing three countries, competing over the three challenge days across the three rescue events of Time Critical, Controlled and Entrapped scenarios. This year we once again also ran the Trauma Challenge for the 4th year. The Trauma Challenge is growing in status and we welcomed an additional two teams (19 teams competing in the Trauma A and Trauma B challenges) into this event for 2016.

I am also pleased to announce that preceding the challenge days a very informative and hands on practical ARRO Learning Symposium and workshop was conducted where 200 rescuers attended. The symposium included International presentations from Catherine Bishop, General Motors Detroit introducing their ‘On Star’ in-vehicle Emergency Management System and Ian Dunbar, Holmatro Netherlands, presenting a ‘Mythbuster’ session on Extrication Information. Nationally, Gavin Freeman, Deputy Chief Officer TFS, presented a session on alignment between AFAC and ARRO, Dr Matthew Croxford conducted a session on Effective First on Scene Management in Motorsport Trauma, Senior Firefighter James Boland (FRNSW) presented Hydraulic Fluid Injection and Lindsay Mitchell, Holden, outlined the safety features in the new Holden Cascada vehicle.

This year’s competing teams:

• DFES Pannawonica, Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania SES , SA Metropolitan Fire Service, NSW SES Hawkesbury, ACT Fire & Rescue, Victoria SES, NZFS Rolleston, NZFS Geraldine, QFES Brisbane, QFES Cairns, QFES Redland City, Fire & Rescue NSW Crows Nest, Fire & Rescue NSW Forster, NZFS Rangiora, Hong Kong Fire Services Department, BHP Billiton WAIO


• Overall winners – NZFS Geraldine
• Runners Up – QFES Cairns
• 3rd Overall – QFES Brisbane
• Best Technical Team – QFES Cairns
• Best Team Leader – NZFS Geraldine
• Best Medical Team – QFES Brisbane
• SES Directors Shield – NSW SES Hawkesbury
• Winner Entrapped Pit – QFES Cairns
• Winner Controlled Pit – QFES Brisbane
• Winner Time Critical Pit – QFES Cairns
• Winner Trauma Challenge – BHP Billiton
• Spirit of the Challenge – Hong Kong Fire Services

NOTE: Please check our ARRO Facebook page for photos, videos and further detail.

NZFS Geraldine and QFES Cairns will now be offered the opportunity to represent ARRO and their agency at the 2017 World Rescue Challenge (in Romania) where ARRO will support each team with a team contribution of $5,000 to assist with the financial arrangements. 

I would also thank our Road Safety Partner, Holden who once again supported us by donating 58 new cars for the challenge pits and also to our Gold Sponsors Chubb and Holmatro who made the event possible.

Next year, the ARC will be hosted by New Zealand Fire Service with the event being conducted at Hamilton in the North Island over the 21st to 23rd July 2017 with the ARRO Learning Symposium programmed for the 20th.  Further information will be circulated as it comes to hand and registrations will most likely be opened in January/February 2017

AFAC ‘16
I am also pleased to announce in support of our partnership with AFAC, ARRO will be attending the 2016 AFAC Conference in Brisbane and will provide a practical road rescue demonstration during the lunch breaks. ARRO will have a trade booth at the event so everyone is welcome to visit the booth and meet with our members of the Australasian peak body for road rescue. 

Holden Partner Program - Discount New Cars

In recognition of the long standing relationship between ARRO and Holden, ARRO members are eligible to access a range of extensive discounts on the purchase of new Holden vehicles.  This offer is only available to Australian individual ARRO members.  If you would like to access the program, why not join ARRO today! Existing ARRO members can access the program via this link. 


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