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I have been asked by a NSW SES Deputy Local controller about roles and responsibilities when it comes to body retrieval following a fatal motor accident.  The unit in question is accredited by the State Rescue Board, under the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 (NSW), as the primary rescue unit but, says my correspondent:

I’m not sure what goes on in all other areas nor where the responsibility lies in regard to who should actually “do the deed” but I am hearing conflicting views from different sources. In my area the local PRS Sgt [which I infer to mean ‘Police Rescue Squad Sergeant] is pushing the Coroners Act as his legal responsibility to be the agency of choice. He also cites the SRB Policy doc at 1.10 which states in part “The NSW Police Force are responsible for body recovery and body recovery tasks “. He claims this…

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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