Rescue and Immediate Care
The WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC) is WIRES comprehensive 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. While we endeavour to provide the maximum opportunities for face-to-face training possible, 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:
- Work, Health & Safety
- Species Identification
- Common Rescue Scenarios
- Safe Handling Techniques
- First Aid
- Physical Examination
- Immediate Care
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. Due to COVID-19 WIRES Training Team have also developed a version of the RICC that can be delivered completely online. Participants can currently compete the course in either format.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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