Australasian Rescue Challenge 2015

Held in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, for the first time, the 2015 Australasian Rescue Challenge, aptly named ‘Outback Rescue’ will focus on community education and highlighting the challenges of road crash rescue response in remote locations.

The NT Fire and Rescue Service invites you to Alice for the challenge and encourages you to take advantage of the tourism opportunities in what is undoubtedly the most unique part of Australia.

The Learning Symposium, three days of challenge, coupled with community and social activities ensure ARC 15 is not to be missed.



Welcome to Alice Springs

About the Australasian Rescue Challenge

The ARC has been operating formally since 1996 where all Australasian jurisdictions (including New Zealand) have hosted the event at least once with the Northern Territory being the exception.

The ARC brings together rescuers from SES, fire and rescue and mines rescue organisation. The annual challenge attracts teams from all states in Australia, several teams from New Zealand as well as a number of teams from Hong Kong and Singapore.

Each team consists of six members who include a team leader, a medic and tool operators. The teams are assessed on their ability to undertake a rescue (or rescues) from three scenarios spread across the three days that are time critical and patient focussed.

They are assessed by a team of ARRO (Australasian Road Rescue Organisation) subject matter experts on their Command, Medical and Technical abilities in the Time Critical, Entrapped and Controlled pits where each scenario reflects actual ‘on road’ incidents.

Outcomes of the Australasian Rescue Challenge have seen the development of knowledge and skills in road crash rescue which ultimately, saves lives.

ARC Trauma Challenge

The Trauma Challenge

This is a two person, 15 minute event designed to hone the medical skills of team members. Teams will be assessed based on the level of medical skill they bring to the challenge. A great opportunity for first aid representatives to advanced care paramedics to demonstrate best practice to maximise survival and recovery rates.

Teams are welcome to register more participants for the Trauma Challenge and teams of two can register only for the trauma challenge. Additional teams are $220 and need to be identified on the registration form.

Our Program

The Australasian Rescue Challenge 2015 would be held at the Greatorex Pavilion of the Alice Springs showgrounds on 23-26 July 2015.

Thursday 23rd July 2015

Learning Symposium – full day of lectures, technical demonstrations and workshop sessions. (Morning tea and lunch provided to teams)

Welcome Reception (Dinner in the Desert – Included in team registration)

Friday 24th July 2015

ARC Challenge events – Day One

ARC Trade Expo

ARC Rescue Bar (Hilton Doubletree)

Saturday 25th July 2015

ARC Challenge Events – Day Two

ARC Trade Expo

Community Open Day

Volunteers BBQ thank you dinner

ARRO Annual General Meeting

ARC Rescue Bar (Hilton Doubletree)

Sunday 26th July 2015

ARC Challenge Events – Day Three

ARC Trade Expo

ARC Awards Dinner (Hilton Doubletree – Included in team registration)

Welcome Reception – Thursday 23 July

Following the Learning Symposium Program, the Welcome Reception will be hosted at the showgrounds amidst the background of the unique Macdonnell Ranges. Enjoy dinner under the desert stars with an array of eclectic tastes and entertainment to embrace the unique Territory lifestyle.

Presentation Dinner

Presentation Dinner – Sunday 26 July

Presentation of ARC 15 winners’ awards will take place at the Hilton Doubletree function room. Attendance is included in the team registration fee. This is your chance to put your feet up and celebrate the conclusion of the Australasian Rescue Challenge 2015.

Shuttle Bus

Free shuttle buses will run to and from all official accommodation venues to the showgrounds and functions for all ARC activities.


Meals and refreshments can be purchased at the Alice Springs Showgrounds throughout the Challenge.

There is a variety of pubs, restaurants and cafes in the Alice Springs region that would be delighted to welcome you to this unique part of the world.

Learning Symposium

The highly regarded ARRO Learning Symposium will be held in the function room of the Hilton Doubletree on Thursday 23 July. The program will include presentations on vehicle technology, medical response and remote outback rescue.

All competing teams will attend the one day Learning Symposium as part of their participation.


Venue – Alice Springs Showgrounds

Located approx. 10 minutes out of Alice Springs central, ARC 15 will be held in the Greatorex Pavilion under the desert ranges.

ARC 15 will occupy the pavilion and a range of outdoor activities and demonstrations will be held in the surrounding showgrounds including a community open day and a student education forum, known as CHOICES.

Camel racing

ARC Costs

Registration Type Team Fee (inc GST)
ARRO Member $6,050
Non Member $7,150
Event Item Unit Cost (inc GST)
Trauma Challenge Additional Pair $220
Learning Symposium Extra Ticket $110
Opening Drinks Extra Ticket $75
Presentation Dinner Extra Ticket $120

For Further Information:

Steve Rothwell – 2015 ARC Conference Coordinator

Chief Fire Officer & President ARRO

NT Fire and Rescue

Tel: (08) 8946 4124 or 0407 629 205

Dave Letheby - 2015 ARC Operations Manager

District Officer

Manager, Operations – Southern Command (Alice Springs)

NT Fire and Rescue Service

Tel: (08) 8951 6660 or 0418 841 637

Rebecca Forrest – 2015 ARC Events and Marketing

Mob: 0499 444 029