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Mar

tom joryWe are pleased to announce Mr Tom Jory, Program Coordinator, NSW State Emergency Service who will speak at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air1 June 2016.

Mr Jory will speak in the Organisation stream on ‘Effective Recruitment and Meaningful Retention of Specialised Volunteer Search and Rescue Operators—NSW SES Alpine Search and Rescue’.

He is responsible for overseeing the logistical, training and some operational requirements of the NSW State Emergency Service’s Alpine Search Capability.

The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) maintains a search and rescue capability supporting NSW Police in the alpine areas of the state. This capability includes 50 volunteer alpine search and rescue specialists (ASAR), their equipment, as well the systems, equipment and personnel required to support the deployed field teams.

Being an emergency service that utilises an entirely volunteer workforce in its field operations, the NSW SES faces various challenges maintaining a professional, consistent output when the communities of NSW need them. This is amplified when referencing specialised capabilities such as ASAR, Flood Rescue or similar, which have lengthier training pathways and more demanding fitness requirements.

Senior members of the NSW SES ASAR capability have harnessed a range of strategies to ensure the right people are targeted for the program, that their skills are maintained and that the overall capability is relevant to the combat agency (NSW Police) and the communities of NSW.

This presentation explores past, present and future challenges for recruitment and retention of volunteer based specialist emergency service capabilities as seen through the lens of the NSW SES ASAR capability. The key lessons can be applied to a range of volunteer organisations.

Participants are encouraged to identify the personnel attributes relevant to their organisation’s particular capabilities and analyse strategies to draw those people in, streamline their pathways to operational usefulness and ensure their volunteer experience exceeds expectations.

We don’t have all the answers, but pose the questions that are critical to recruitment and retention of specialised volunteers in modern emergency response agencies.

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air will be held at the Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on the 1 June 2016.

To register for the conference CLICK HERE. Early bird registrations close on Monday 18th April so be quick to receive a discounted rate.

 



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