Bellingen Shire Council Renews Lifeguarding Contract With ALS

The Australian Lifeguard Service (ALS) has successfully renewed its lifeguarding contract with Bellingen Shire Council for another two years with the option of five.

The ALS currently employs up to 23 lifeguards across the region at peak periods over the spring, summer and autumn school holidays and has provided professional lifeguard services to Bellingen Shire Council for 11 years. Council has continued to choose the number one contracted lifeguard service in Australia, ensuring best practice and the seamless integration of professional lifeguards with volunteer lifesaving services.

ALS (NSW) Coordinator Brent Manieri is delighted to be continuing the positive relationship with council into the future.

“The Australian Lifeguard Service is pleased to have secured the lifeguard contract for the Bellingen Shire for another two years with the option of extending to five. The council is very proactive in the area of improving safety for all beachgoers and we look forward to continuing the positive relationship we've built with council.

"Last year more than 19,000 people visited Hungry Head and North Beach over the three school holiday periods and we are expecting another big year this year," said Mr Manieri.

The expertise of the ALS was on clear display during last season with lifeguards recording a 25% increase in first aid and performing four major rescues over the season.

As the leading lifeguard service in Australia, the ALS ensures a total service provision, integrating the Australian Lifeguard Service with Surf Life Saving’s volunteer patrol structure, state-wide support operations network, 24-hour emergency callout system and strategically located Westpac Rescue Helicopter services.

Fri 15 Aug 2014