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Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference

Discussion of issues, challenges and opportunities in SAR

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air wrapped up at Jupiter’s on the Gold Coast following a full day of keynote speakers, Forums and trade exhibition.

Opening with a fascinating Keynote presentation from Dr Paul Luckin AM, Medical Consultant, SAR Training Australia on timeframes for survival in SAR, Dr Luckin talked about how to assess time frames based on the last food and drink, prevailing weather conditions, clothing and a missing persons’ emotional and mental state.

The NZ SAR sector was represented by keynote speaker Mr Duncan Ferner, Secretariat Manager, NZ SAR Council who spoke on an overview of SAR in New Zealand, how 95% of people in SAR are volunteers, and how rescue has become high profile leading to a high level of expectation from stakeholders. Also keynote speaker Mr Patrick Holmes, CEO Coastguard, New Zealand who spoke about volunteers at risk and how they are the lifeline of the organisation who share a goal to have zero boating fatalities.

The key points from the conference were how advancements in technology are changing the way SAR operations are conducted through technology such use as radio tracking systems and there is an evident need to use the same methodology and technology across jurisdictions and one SAR system across all sectors. Forum outcomes also included the importance of ensuring people are appropriately trained and have the right skills for all aspects of SAR. We should be training specialist in different fields together so they know how to work together, use experiential training and provide refresher training where it’s needed. Enhancing the interconnectedness between multiple SAR agencies is paramount for the most effective response so all available resources are considered as well as co-ordinating the tasking of supporting organisations by lead agencies. It is also evident working with stakeholders requires an understanding of medical conditions, empathetic communication, early engagement of responders and a need for strong use of social media.

With an impressive line-up of speakers, the quality of the program was high and the feedback from the delegates was very positive. Delegates expressed that a focus on interactive discussion, networking opportunities and take-out learnings was achieved.

On behalf of the conference host, thank you to the conference committee and the presenters for contributing to the discussions and collaboration throughout the conference

A special thank you to our Keynote Presenters

Forum Leaders 2016

Technology & Operations Martin Boyle, CEM, Field Support and Emergency Management Coordinator, Australian Antarctic Division
Organisation Eddie Bennett, Director, Medical Rescue
SAR Stakeholders Mark Cattell, Operations Manager, Victoria State Emergency Service
Training Rhett Emery, NSSP Coordinator, New Zealand Search and Rescue Council
Organisation Stephen Leahy, Chief Executive Officer, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters
Training Sergeant Jim Whitehead, State Search and Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer, Queensland Police Service
Technology & Operations  Dean Storey, Deputy Commissioner, Marine Rescue NSW

Who Should Attend

From Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific region SAR professionals

  • Federal and State Government
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Department of Maritime Safety and Rescue
  • Federal and State Police
  • Rescue Coordination Centred and Search and Rescue Units
  • SES and Volunteers Organisations
  • Private SAR operators for air searches
  • Private SAR operators for sea
  • The Bureau of Meteorology and weather forecasters
  • Coast Guard and Coast Watch
  • SAR Canine
  • SAR education and trainers
  • Emergency Services
  • First responders to natural disasters
  • Customs and Immigration
  • Industry associations
  • Equipment supplier and service providers

2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors


Marine Rescue Logo Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) is the state’s official volunteer marine rescue service, committed to our mission of saving lives on the water. MRNSW is one of the largest volunteer marine rescue groups in Australasia with 45 units, 3000 active volunteers and 82 rescue vessels providing a 24/7 marine radio and rescue safety net across the coastline and on key inland waterways.

MRNSW officially took to the water on January 1 2010, the product of a successful merger of three former rescue organisations: the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and the NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (marine fleet). 

Sponsors & Exhibitors

johnnyappleseed Crusier-Interactive EWN
Scott-Safety Harcor
Covertex Ltd  littleripper  fleetsu


  nasar  NZSARCouncil
APFlogo imrb imr

2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors

The Conference Committee would like to thank the 2015 Sponsors and Exhibitors

AMSA_small Australian Maritime Safety Authority
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) plays a key role in the safety and efficiency of Australia’s growing maritime sector. AMSA oversees commercial vessel safety standards, protects the marine environment, provides infrastructure to support safe navigation and provides maritime and aviation search and rescue services for Australia.
FRSA Fire Rescue Safety Australia Pty Ltd (FRSA)
Fire Rescue Safety Australia Pty Ltd (FRSA) is an industry specialist offering a unique capability. We offer a complete managed solution encompassing equipment supply and programmed maintenance with a range of value added solutions, including consultancy, training, health and labour hire. If you’re looking for an Emergency Management partner look no further.
aspenmedical Aspen Medical
Founded in 2003, Aspen Medical is an Australian-owned, multi award-winning, global provider of guaranteed and innovative healthcare solutions across a diverse range of clients in the Defence, Mining, Oil & Gas, Government and Humanitarian sectors. The company has operations across Australia, the Pacific, the US, Europe, Africa and the Gulf region.
CComms Critical Comms
Critical Comms provides busy two-way radio professionals with an easy-to-use, readily available source of information, crucial to gaining valuable industry insight. Members have access to thousands of informative items across a range of media channels including a print + digital magazine, weekly eNewsletter and subscribe simply visit:
aies Australian Institute of Emergency Services
The Australian Institute of Emergency Services offers members of emergency service and affiliate organisations the opportunity to be a member of a professional body dedicated to the progression and recognition of the Emergency Service role in the community.The Institute acts as an independent forum where members can be heard and their opinions shared with other emergency service members. We provide a voice for the Emergency Services, by speaking out on issues that affect our members and the community in general.
asm13 Australian Security Magazine
The Australian Security Magazine is the country’s leading government and corporate security magazine. It is published bi-monthly and is distributed free of charge to many of the biggest decision makers in the security industry and also sold Australia-wide in selected newsagencies. It is a highly respected and sought after publication, incorporating investigative journalism, provoking editorial and up-to-date news, trends and events for all security professionals.
apsm_13 Asia Pacific Security Magazine
The Asia Pacific Security Magazine is the sister publication to the Australian Security Magazine. It is published bi-monthly – on the alternate month to the Australian Security Magazine – and its content complements the Australian Security Magazine with a strong focus on events. It is available online to read by all and upon every issue release a direct link is sent to a database of subscribers who are industry decision makers.
ja-gps-01-larger Johnny Appleseed GPS
Johnny Appleseed GPS has been supplying hardware solutions for disaster management for over 15 years, including GPS systems, satellite messengers, emergency beacons, rugged mobile computers, and UAVs. We have a highly capable team of staff to server and support our customers locally
asem Australasian College for Emergency Medicine
The Society was established in 1981 by practitioners who foresaw the emergence of the specialty of emergency medicine and the future implications for the care of acutely ill patients attending hospital “casualty departments”. From those beginnings emerged the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, formally incorporated in 1984. The Society continues to provide a forum for discussion and debate on issues of relevance to emergency medicine.
SurfLifeSaving Surf Life Saving Qld
Surf Life Saving Queensland is the state’s peak beach safety and rescue authority, and one of the largest volunteer-based community service organisations in Australia. SLSQ is built on one fundamental principle: to save lives. SLSQ is directly affiliated with, Surf Life Saving Australia and the International Lifesaving Federation.SLSQ is a member of the State Disaster Management Group, State Disaster Coordination Group and Local Disaster Management Groups in numerous local governments across Queensland. Our vision is ‘zero preventable deaths in Queensland waters’
covertex Covertex
Operating for 25 years, Covertex is a world leader in the design and manufacture of rapidly deployable structures and shelters. Tried and tested, our products are used by emergency response, disaster relief, military and humanitarian organisations in over 20 countries. Products include:

  • Emergency AirShelters
  • Flexible tanks and drums for fluid containment
  • Inflatable rescue platforms
  • Field casualty mats

ngis NGIS Australia Pty Ltd
As a leading provider of location-based technology solutions, NGIS Australia offers unparalleled expertise in applying advanced spatial technologies across a broad range of business environments. Backed by sophisticated project management and independent advisory services, our solutions are designed to custom-fit each organisation. We specialise in leveraging geospatial data and creating innovative GIS applications that drive cost efficiencies and add to the business value chain.
REDR RedR Australia
RedR Australia is a leading humanitarian agency for international emergency relief. We provide skilled people and training to help communities rebuild and recover in times of crisis. When disaster strikes, we mobilise the right people with the right skills to make a difference. Our internationally recognised training courses prepare aspiring aid workers for life in the field and help experienced humanitarians further hone their skills.
CDU Charles Darwin University
Named in honour of the scientist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin University emphasises and encourages innovative study and research. We are now a world leader in Environmental research, ranking in the top four universities in Australia and New Zealand for research quality in Environmental Science and Ecology. We are also in the top two per cent of all the world’s universities and only 25 years old. With student needs being an upmost priority, CDU offers challenging and practical courses delivered face-to-face and
Knowing where you are and being able to communicate your location to a third party is fundamental to feeling safe. multi-purpose location identifiers provide practical information to users of space, as well as a unique identifier with verified GPS coordinates for an accurate and timely response in an emergency.
People-in-Disasters People in Disasters
Pivotel Pivotel Group
Pivotel Group is an Australian owned and operated satellite communications company offering a secure, reliable Australian satellite network across a range of satellite service providers. Pivotel provides the most extensive range of satellite voice, data, personal safety and asset monitoring solutions and with network interconnect points across Australia users can rely on their connection to the Pivotel Network Gateway to transmit sensitive information quickly and securely.
cruiser Cruiser Interactive
Cruiser Interactive produces touchscreen software that transforms the way people collaborate in meeting rooms and operations centres. Our award-winning Cruiser product facilitates multi-user collaboration between touch surfaces anywhere in the world. Users can seamlessly flick content to surrounding screens, walls and tables for immersive collaboration.
Arcus-IT ArcusIT
ArcusIT Solutions provide emergence management solutions that allow fast, effective response to emergency situations through reliable voice/data communication, secure capture of incident data and real-time mapping – anytime and anywhere. We specialise in design and building of emergency operations centres, specialised emergency vehicles, and satellite mobile and portable communications.

CASES COM AU specialises in storage and transport cases. Briefcases, racks, packers and mobile workstations are available for immediate delivery from our GO, PACE and TREKA ranges, while just about any design is available from our BLUE CAT Custom Shop. We offer intricate CNC inserts, obligation free design assistance, as well as fast lead times and shipping
SeeChange SeeChange
SeeChange sources the best emergency preparedness and disaster recovery products from the world’s most trusted brands. Many of our products are endorsed by the Australian Red Cross and offer useful portable power, communication and lighting solutions which can greatly assist those who are in the most need. Or for those looking for that extra peace-of-mind in preparation for if the worst was to happen.
Quartermaster-Australia Quartermaster Australia
Quartermaster Australia is a 100% Australian owned family company that specialises in providing meal packs and electrolyte solutions for emergency services. We have our own exclusive range of quality meals and a simple to use self-heating system. Customisation of packs to suit customer needs is also available.
noggin Noggin
Noggin is an Australian leader in enterprise resilience technology with its next generation cloud based software platform “Noggin” – helping manage disruption, smarter. The Noggin resilience platform has a proven track record in emergency and risk management, work safety, BCM and security incidents, compliance and employee/stakeholder communications for corporations and government agencies.Noggin OCA provides a sophisticated workflow system that enables organisations to manage all types of hazards, big and small, providing a better return on investment overall.

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