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Rescue and Immediate Care

The WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC) is WIRES introductory wildlife rescue and immediate care training. It is mandatory for all new WIRES volunteers wanting to start rescuing and caring for wildlife. 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation throughout NSW and the necessary Government restrictions and safety measures, RICC face-to-face workshops may be impacted this year. While we endeavour to provide the opportunity for face-to-face training, participant and trainer safety is a priority and we thank you for your understanding.

If you are planning to volunteer with WIRES please make sure you have read the information about becoming a rescuer before registering for the course. 

Participants must be 18 and over to register for WIRES training. To attend rescues volunteers will also need a valid drivers licence and their own vehicle.

This comprehensive course covers:

After the RICC volunteers can get involved in rescuing most wildlife, excluding snakes, monitors, flying-foxes and microbats. They can also get started with the immediate care, e.g. 24 hours, of some animals such as adult birds and possums, under the supervision of their local Species Coordinators. To provide immediate and extended care for all species at all ages, volunteers can complete advanced species courses.

Course Delivery: This course consists of an online theory component and a 1 day practical workshop.The online component must be finished before you can book into a workshop.

Price: $125

Location: 2021 Workshop Schedule

For further details, read the Course Information Pack

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, all RICC workshops scheduled until June 30th will be postponed (commencing on the week of 17th March 2020). As trainer and participant safety is the priority during this time, the WIRES Training Team feel this is a necessary measure to mitigate the risk to all those involved.


Past Members and Former RICC Participants

It is now faster and easier for past members to re-join WIRES and for those who have previously completed the RICC to activate their membership if they would like to get involved as active rescuers and carers.

If it has been less than 2 years since you completed the WIRES RICC you can re-join or activate your membership by contacting members@wires.org.au. 

If it has been more than 2 years since you completed the course you can re-join or activate your membership after completing the WIRES RICC Refresher, which is delivered 100% online.

Note: To actively volunteer with WIRES you must reside in an area where WIRES is licensed to rescue and care for wildlife by NSW National Parks and Wildlife. If you have any questions about your eligibility please email members@wires.org.au.

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Thank you for caring about wildlife and helping to protect our precious native animals for generations to come.

  • WIRES has been serving wildlife and the community for almost 30 years
  • WIRES has 27 branches in NSW
  • WIRES has over 2500 volunteers
  • Annually we receive tens of thousands of calls to assist native animals in distress
  • In the past WIRES Rescue team have made approximately 130,000 calls a year to vets and volunteers to organise rescues
  • WIRES wildlife rescue and care services are community funded with more than 98% of our funds coming from caring individuals and organisations in the community.

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