Rescue Down Under (RDU) was the first of the current format World Rescue Challenges and set the benchmark for future world challenges.
It was hosted by the combined emergency services from the Australian state of Victoria. The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), actually conducted two events in one over 7 days. VICSES hosted the Australian national rescue challenge in the first 3 days, followed by a one day symposium and concluding with 3 days devoted to the World Rescue Challenge.
The event itself saw a total of 22 teams from 9 countries (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Wales, Singapore and Malaysia) participate in the challenge in two classes (limited and unlimited).