Branch Duty Officers
SLSFNC Branch Duty Officers
Surf Life Saving Far North Coast responds 24/7 to call-outs activated by Police, Surfcom, Marine Rescue and other Emergency Service Agencies. Prodominantly all tasking is though Police Marine Area Command (MAC).
Our Team of Duty Officers are on call 24/7, 365 days of the year, not just during the surf lifesaving season. They are all volunteer’s who sometimes see things they wish they would not have to see, but that’s part of their jobs. People don’t recognise the work they do behind the scenes.
Throughout this 2020/2021 surf lifesaving season or Duty Officers accumulated in excess of 3.900 collective volunteer hours in their role as duty officers (external to their other club, group and other surf lifesaving commitments).
Many of this Team are also still holding executive and other positions at both a Club and Branch level, undertaking regular club patrolling obligations, as well as support operations commitments involving RWC patrols / callouts and UAV patrolling obligations.
Being the main point of contact between Police, Surfcom and clubs, the FNC Duty officers have elevated the process of search and rescue to be one of the most efficient in this State. With their proactive “can-do” attitude and level headedness, under sometimes extreme pressure, the FNC Duty Officers are great ambassadors across all facets of Surf Lifesaving.
Rescue Water Craft ( RWC )
The SLSFNC Branch Support Operations Group operates 7 Rescue Water Craft (RWC) at various locations across the Branch. With the responsibility of supporting the Clubs as well as patrolling un-patrolled locations and attending other emergency situations, the RWC Group operates out of six different locations within the Branch including;
- Tweed Support Ski based at Cudgen Creek
- Byron Support Ski based at Brunswick Heads
- Ballina Support Ski based at Shelly Beach
- Ballina Support Ski 2 from Jet Rescue Boat Base
- Clarence Support Ski Clarence River Yamba
- Richmond Support Ski (Peak Season Only)
The RWC Group, in addition to patrolling duties, provides water safety at surf carnivals and other aquatic events. The ability of the RWC to respond quickly, its heightened maneuverability in the surf and experienced operators make the RWC Group a vital part of the Support Operations Group within our Branch.
UAV's in Surf Lifesaving
Far North Coast Jet Rescue Boat Service
Branch incorporates a Jet Rescue Boat service, that is based in Ballina on the Far North Coast of NSW. The boat performs approximately 350 hours of patrols per year. The Jet boat is on a 24 hour call out service and provides in-water supervision on weekends and school / public holidays throughout the year.
The development of the aluminium craft powered by turbo charged diesel engines has meant significant advancement in white water rescue capabilities for aquatic safety in a period of rapid local and tourism population expansion on our coastline.