We are pleased to announce Mr Dean Storey, Deputy Commissioner, Marine Rescue NSW as a forum speaker at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR) to be held at Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on 1 June 2016.
Mr Dean Storey will be discussing how we can help keep boaters safer on the water using the Marine Rescue NSW ‘Seahawk’ vessel tracking system and the ‘MarineRescue’ mobile app.
The online Seahawk vessel tracking system and MarineRescue mobile app are central to Marine Rescue NSW’s work to improve the safety of recreational boaters on NSW waters. Mr Storey will explain how the system can be used as a powerful search and rescue tool.
MRNSW Radio Operators use the intuitive, streamlined computer-based Seahawk system to track vessels that have Logged On with the organisation. This free safety service – the most comprehensive in the nation – provides skippers with peace of mind while they are on the water, whether they are fishing for the day or transiting along the coastline.
When they Log On, skippers provide key information of vital importance in a search and rescue operation, including details of their boat, the number of people on board, their destination and planned time of return. If the skipper doesn’t Log Off or radio in, MRNSW will immediately start a search to locate them.
The Seahawk system is complemented by the free MarineRescue mobile app – a great safety tool that makes it even easier for a skipper to Log On with MRNSW. A vessel Logged On via the App is entered directly on to Seahawk, physically acknowledged by a Radio Operator and immediately visible in the system.
The App also features a range of other features, including tide and weather information, latitude/longitude, boat ramp locations, a safety checklist and emergency procedures.
The 2016 Conference continues to provide a platform of discussion that began in 2015 for the Search and Rescue Community. ANZSAR aims to tackle the issues and challenges in Search and Rescue and continue the support of professional development in new training, techniques and requirements.
The 2016 ANZSAR Program will be designed to challenge, demonstrate and encourage discussion on all areas of Search and Rescue. The program aims to cover a range of topics varying from Water to Land SAR to Air and Mining Rescue. This unique Conference allows the chance for all organisations and SAR workers to come together to continue understanding from others experiences and encounters. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.
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