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The South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) makes a difference by being a reliable and trusted volunteer-based organisation building safe and resilient communities. Its mission is to minimise the loss of life, injuries and property damage from emergencies and natural disasters.

SASES is a community-based volunteer emergency service which provides emergency service capabilities across the state to deal with floods and storms, undertake rescues and assist with carrying out prevention, preparedness, response and recovery operations.

Key capabilities include:

  • storm damage and flood mitigation
  • general rescue
  • road crash rescue
  • structural collapse and confined space search and rescue
  • urban search and rescue (USAR)
  • land, air and marine search
  • animal rescue
  • vertical rescue of all forms (cliffs, caves and structures)
  • swift-water rescue
  • incident management
  • operations and logistics support
  • base camp and staging area management.

SASES consists of 67 units located across South Australia and the service comprises approximately 1650 SASES volunteers and around 110 employees. SASES is also responsible for approximately 550 volunteer marine rescue (VMR) volunteers who are located across 14 separate flotilla on South Australia’s coastline.