National Safety Council of Australia

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) was first formed Victoria in May 1927, from a coalition of organisations concerned with various aspects of safety. Staffed by volunteers, it initially focussed on road, sea and industrial safety. In the late 1970s the Victoria Division also began to take on some EMS, fire and accident response work for two power stations in the Gippsland region. Consequently, it began to take on contract and full-time employees, and in 1980 purchased its first helicopter.

Contracts for fire and accident response services expanded greatly after 1982, and in 1983 an Emergency Services Division was launched in Victoria. This division was progressively equippped to provide air ambulance, aerial firefighting and rescue services to the residents of Victoria. In 1989 serious financial irregularities were revealed by the Victoria Division. The following year the Emergency Services Division had to be closed down and its assets disposed of. The last aircraft was sold in 1992.

Key Dates

23 May 1927 National Safety Council of Australia first established.
1980 First helicopter acquired.
1983 Launch of Emergency Services Division.
1989 Victoria Division of NSCA suffers financial collapse.
1990 Emergency Services Division disbanded.
1992 Last aircraft retired.

Current Status

The aviation branch was disbanded in 1990.

Future Plans

Not applicable.

Markings

Special Markings

NSCA aircraft and helicopters were basically overall yellow with a black fuselage cheatline. The titles NSCA were normally carried on the rear fuselage or fin. Many aircraft also displayed a large two-digit fleet number.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

NSCA aircraft and helicopters carried Australian civil aircraft registrations in the series VH-SNx or VH-NSx, e.g. Super King Air 200 VH-NSD.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.

Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell UH-1 Iroquois ? ? 1990 USA
Bell 205A ? ? 1990 USA
Bell 212 ? ? 1990 USA
Bell 412 ? ? 1990 USA
Beech Super King Air 200 5 1984 1992 USA
Dasault Falcon 100 1 1988 ? USA
Dornier Do 228-200 ? ? 1990 Germany
GAF N-22B Nomad ? ? 1990 Australia
Hughes 500D ? ? ? USA
MBB Bo 105 ? ? ? Germany

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

National Safety Council of Australia, 17 McNaughton Road, Clayton VIC 3168, Australia.

Organisational Structure

THe NSCA operated from bases in all the Australian states except Western Australia, but including Tasmania. These included facilities on operational RAAF bases.

Current Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

Rescue: Front-line Stories of Pararescue and Emergency Operations by Richard McRoberts, Troy Thornton (Lothian, 1992)
Rotor in the Green by Raymond Dousset (Xulon PRess, 2007)

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: National Safety Council of Australia
National Safety Council of Australia
National Safety Council of Australia
Catch Me Network
Friedrichs Empty Built of Empty Boxes
Facebook: NSCA Aviation

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.