Interested in rescue resources that cover topics such as search and rescue, swiftwatLIFESAVERS: Paramedics and firefighters rescue a 23-year-old-woman trapped in her car off Molong Road. Photo: STEVE GOSCHer rescue, and motor vehicle rescue, then here are some suggestions.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority Search and Rescue Publications

This website provides a list of their recommended publications, available to download.

Emergency New South Wales Government

This government organisation's website provides information for the community on preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters; in addition to information for the emergency management sector. A list of guidelines, legislation, and policies, are available to download from their webpage. This includes the NSW State Rescue Board Policies on State Rescue Policy, Flood Rescue, the Vertical Rescue Directive and Rescue Vehicle Drivers Directive

National Search and Rescue Council (NATSAR), Australia

The mission of the National Search and Rescue Council is to develop and maintain an effective, efficient and integrated national search and rescue system that meets international obligations and domestic requirements. Their website is here.

National Search and Rescue Manual is the standard reference document for use by all search and rescue authorities and other organisations that provide search and rescue services in Australia. It is available at this link.

Land Search Operations Manual has been developed by a national working party consisting of representatives from the Search and Rescue authorities that make up the NATSAR council and with due regard to the International Aviation and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual (IAMSAR). It is available at this link.

Emergency Manual Australia - Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection

The Australian Emergency Manuals Series had been developed to assist in the management and delivery of support services in a disaster context. It comprises principles, strategies and actions, compiled by practitioners with management and service delivery experience in a range of disaster events. The manuals include road rescue, urban search and rescue and flood response. In 2015 the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience became the custodian of this collection and it now called the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection.

The Emergency Managment manual series has not been reviewed since 2011.

A list of the EM manuals, which includes links to the current editions, is found at this AIDR Knowledge Hub Manual Series webpage.

Archived EM manuals which are no longer current are kept in their online archives.

Manuals develpeded by AIDR after 2011 are known as the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection. This handbook collection is found at this AIDR Knowledge Hub Handbook webpage.


The US NFPA Fire Codes are developed and published by the US National Fire Protection Association to minimise the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. The collection includes the US NFPA Fire Code 556 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles, 2016 Edition and the US NFPA Fire Code 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, 2017 Edition.

Free access to NFPA Code 556 is available using this NFPA link. Free access to NFPA Code 1670 is available using this NFPA link.

NSW RFS staff are able to access the collection of codes using a password provided on the RFS Intranet library website under Online Resources.


HAZMAT guide for first responders / Michael L. Madigan (eBook)

The goal of this US published book is to help train hazmat response teams and other responders in disaster training, techniques, and planning.The book will also help define and sharpen training plans and assumptions. Focusing on lessons learned from real-world experiences during actual disasters, the book will help to establish a well-trained professional 1st responder, individuals, and teams.

This title is only available as an ebook version (PDF format) in our collection. It is available for NSW Members (staff and volunteers). Please contact the library for the link and logon details.

Climbing self-rescue : improving solutions for serious situations / Andy Tyson and Molly Loomis

The rope is stuck - or too short. A crucial piece of gear is MIA. You've wandered off route into dicey terrain. An injury leaves you or your partner in need of help. In Climbing: Self Rescue, two longtime climbing instructors and guides teach how to improve your own solutions, calling for outside help only when necessary.

Protect and preserve incident scene : PUALAW001B

This document is part of the support materials for the unit of competency, PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene.

The wilderness first responder : how to recognize, treat, and prevent emergencies in the backcountry / Buck Tilton

A text for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies.

Survival at sea : a training and instruction manual / Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

Written in simple and practical language the manual describes how to equip your craft with survival gear, properly stowed and organised, and what to do when abandoning a ship.


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