NSW Surf Patrol Season Kicks Off

NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher, has officially launched the 2012/13 NSW Surf Life Saving patrol season today at Dee Why Surf Life Saving Club.

From this Saturday, over 21,000 volunteer surf lifesavers will hit beaches across the state, patrolling on weekends and public holidays through until the end of April 2013.

Surf Life Saving NSW, CEO, Phil Vanny AM said volunteer surf lifesavers provide an invaluable contribution to the community. “Each year surf lifesavers spend in excess of 670,000 voluntary hours patrolling beaches along the state’s coastline. In 2011/12 they performed 8013 rescues, 191,077 preventative actions and treated 7787 first aid cases,” Mr Vanny said. “These statistics demonstrate the important service provided by Surf Life Saving NSW in making our beaches safer for visitors and the community.”

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher, agrees. “As a member of Surf Life Saving, I know firsthand the amount of time and effort our volunteer surf lifesavers dedicate on and off the beach to ensure the safety of the community. “In addition to the essential role that lifesavers provide by patrolling our beaches, Surf Life Saving NSW has established itself as a vital link in the state’s emergency services response network with its dedicated support operations services. Volunteer duty officers and callout teams responded to 373 requests for assistance to coastal accidents and emergencies last year, saving hundreds of lives,” Minister Gallacher said.

“The NSW Government recognises the significant contribution made to public safety by our committed volunteers and since coming into office, we have granted Surf Life Saving NSW clubs, branches and the rescue helicopter service with additional funding to support vital lifesaving activities conducted throughout the state. This additional funding will ensure greater coverage across NSW and allows targeting of known black spots for coastal drownings, accidents and emergencies,” Minister Gallacher concluded.

The volunteer patrol season ends on Sunday 28 April 2013.

Fri 26 Oct 2012