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Senior Sergeant Jim Whitehead of Queensland’s State Search and Rescue will be presenting a Keynote Address at the Australian & New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (SAR) on the 6 May 2015 at Jupiters Gold Coast.

The conference brings together leading search and rescue practitioners to discuss challenges of preparing, deploying and operating search and rescue. The aim of the conference is to facilitate sharing, knowledge and experience between the different search and rescue agencies, enterprises, communities and professionals. Presentations will cover air, sea, land-based, urban, wilderness, domestic and overseas search and rescue.

Jim-Whitehead_photoSenior Sergeant Jim Whitehead has been the Queensland State Search and Rescue Coordinator & Training Officer (SSARCTO) since 2007.  His dual responsibilities are to ensure that Queensland has a competent and robust SAR capability and to ensure that SAR training is maintained to a ‘World best practice’ level.

He has several Diploma and Advanced Diplomas of SAR Coordination and Management, a Bachelor of Social Science (Emergency Management), a Master of Emergency management and is studying for a Doctorate in Search and Rescue.

He is the primary SAR instructor for the QPS, an instructor on the National Police SAR Manager’s Course and was Director of same several years.  He has also provided SAR instruction to the Royal Solomon Island Police, The Solomon Island Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, and the Australian Federal Police in Canberra, Christmas Island, Cocos Island and Norfolk Island.



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