Volunteers in the Nymboida Wilderness Rescue Team may be called to do anything from abseiling to rafting.
Volunteers in the Nymboida Wilderness Rescue Team may be called to do anything from abseiling to rafting.

Rescue team seeks volunteers

WHETHER it’s white water rafting, abseiling or four-wheel-driving, the Nymboida Wilderness Rescue Team can do it all.

The rescue team was first established in 1998 following concerns from locals that there was no organisation based in the region that could carry out swift water or vertical rescues.

Twelve years later the rescue team continues to operate out of the Clarence Valley, responding to emergency calls from the border to Port Macquarie and out west.

Members specialise in rescues that involve swift water (white water), cliffs, canyons, wilderness search and rescue and four-wheel-drive recovery.

Secretary and training officer Jim Scott said they’re made up of a small but vital team of 14 male and female volunteers from around the Clarence Valley region, including Nymboida, Kangaroo Creek, Coutts Crossing and Lanitza.

Jim said they also had a few members who travelled down from Lismore to train with the team whenever they could.

But like any volunteer organisation, Jim said it could always do with more members.

He said all ages were welcome, with volunteers requiring a reasonable level of fitness.

The team trains twice a month. Theory-based training is held on the last Monday of the month at the Coutts Crossing State Emergency Services building.

Whatever the topic is, a corresponding practical training session follows it up on the first Sunday of the next month.

Jim said the practical training sessions were always serious, but fun, and involved anything from white water rafting, going down a river safely without a life raft, abseiling, navigation, rope work, four-wheel-driving and communication.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer, call 6649 5212 or email nwrt@floodedcreek.com.au. The rescue team is affiliated with NSW Volunteer Rescue Association.



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