Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad
English Title:
Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad is a not-for-profit independent marine search and rescue service. It’s main area of operation is the southern end of Port Phillip Bay and the surf coasts of Bass Strait, south of Melbourne. During the early 1970s the SPRS had an agreement with Jayrow helicopters to utilise a Bell 47 helicopter contracted to fly newspapers to the peninsula for searches when not otherwise being used. This proved very successful and following a fundraising campaign the SPRS purchased its own Bell 47J model helicopter for search and rescue purposes. This helicopter was later replaced by a Bell 206B JetRanger which was unfortunately lost in an accident in 1994. The state government donated a new Bell 206L LongRanger later that year to replace it. By 2010 the helicopter was only receiving a few call-outs each year, and so the SPRS decided to cease helicopter operations. The helicopter was sold in 2010.

Key Dates

1967 Mornington Peninsula Emergency Group.
1970 Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad formally established.
1976 Start of helicopter operations.
1994 Helicopter lost in an accident.
1994 Replacement helicopter donated.
July 2010 End of helicopter operations.

Current Status

The SPRS helicopter ceased operations in July 2010.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The SPRS Helicopter flew in a white and blue colour scheme. RESCUE titles were shown on the forward fuselage and a large SPRS logo displayed on the rear fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The SPRS helicopter carried an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 206 VH-BLV.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


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 47J 1 1976 ? USA
Bell 206B JetRanger 1 ? 1994 USA
Bell 206L LongRanger 1 1994 2010 USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

The first Bell 206B crashed into Port Philip Bay in 1994.


Main Headquarters


Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The SPRS helicopter was based at Sorrento.

More Information


None known.


None known.


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