As the Conference Chair, it is my pleasure to welcome you to ANZSAR2018. The Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference, now in its fourth year, continues to grow and build on its previous success.
‘Resilience in Search and Rescue’ is the theme of this year’s conference. Resilience is critical for the SAR industry. Individually, it provides the basis for effective support, tools and strategies that assist in maintaining the personal wellbeing and mental health of SAR responders. At the community level, building resilience can better prepare those venturing into remote areas and strengthen relationships with emergency services. Organisationally, it enhances the ability to anticipate, prepare, and adapt to changing environments.
SAR2018 will discuss the evolution and future direction of SAR in our region and explore the new developments in technology that are challenging traditional assumptions of how search and rescue is conducted. It will also highlight case studies and lessons learned focussing on issues faced by SAR personnel, promote the sharing of new ideas and concepts, and review the latest innovations in training methodology. As we strive for continual improvement this conference will encourage us to share knowledge and develop new ways of thinking.
We have lined up an exciting program of inspiring speakers and captivating presentations. Together with interactive forums, panel discussions, and networking functions it will provide delegates with a significant learning opportunity.
On behalf of the Conference Committee I would like to thank you for attending what promises to be an exceptional event.
Martin Boyle, Conference Chair
Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference