Marine Search and Rescue

Western Australia Police is the Hazard Management Authority for Sea Search and Rescue for Western Australia. In the metropolitan area, Water Police is responsible for fulfilling this role and also provides coordination for more complex search and rescue operations in regional police districts.

Coordination for search and rescue operations takes place at the Water Police Coordination Centre (WPCC) at Water Police in North Fremantle. The WPCC is staffed 24 hours a day by civilian radio/call takers and police officers who are nationally trained Search and Rescue Mission Controllers. Specialised computer software assists in the establishment of search areas.

In Western Australia, 37 volunteer marine rescue groups are strategically placed along our coast between Wyndham in the north and Esperance in the south. The volunteer marine rescue groups are heavily relied upon and are usually the first resource to be deployed for search and rescues. Other government agencies, commercial vessels and aircraft are also called upon to assist.

Coast Radio Perth and Coast Radio Hedland

The Water Police Coordination Centre operates Coast Radio Perth and Coast Radio Hedland and is responsible for scheduled weather and marine safety information broadcasts. The Water Police Coordination Centre monitors the following HF and VHF marine frequency channels:

HF - 4125, 6215, 8291 and 8176.
VHF - 16 and 67.