Emergency workers seeking mental health support on the rise
Emergency services personnel are increasingly seeking mental health support for work-related conditions, experts have said. Counsellors and psychologists are reporting a surge in police, firefighters and ambulance staff reaching out for help, either through self-referral or through their employer. Canberra registered counsellor David Nielsen, who has been in the profession for 20 years, said recentlyRead More
The Aussie open source effort that keeps a million drones in the air
The huge progress made in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology over the last decade is thanks to one person more than any other. And he’s a complete dummy. His name is Outback Joe, a mannequin, who over the years has represented a bushwalker lost in Woop Woop and desperate for water, a worker who’s uteRead More
Disaster plan ‘empowers’ vulnerable towns
From highly-equipped communities to new disaster dashboards, councils are focusing on preparedness and information in their approaches to emergency management. After a tornado ripped through Burrum Heads in 2013 leaving it isolated and without power for three days, the coastal Queensland community of some 2,000 residents knew it needed to better prepare for major emergencies.Read More
TFSS – what is the time frame for survival?
The duration of survival without food is greatly influenced by factors such as body weight, genetic variation, other health considerations and, most importantly, the presence or absence of dehydration. For total starvation in healthy individuals receiving adequate hydration, reliable data on survival are hard to obtain. At the age of 74 and already slight ofRead More
Countdown to SAR Conference – last chance to register!
With less than 3 weeks until The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air there is still time to register for the Conference which will discuss the issues and challenges in Search and Rescue and continue the support of professional development in new training, techniques and requirements. ToRead More
Gold sponsor announcement: Marine Rescue NSW
We are pleased to announce Marine Rescue NSW as a Gold Sponsor at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR). Marine Rescue NSW (MRNSW) is the state’s official volunteer marine rescue service, committed to our mission of saving lives on the water. As one of the largest volunteer marine rescue groupsRead More
Drones: Future Tool Of Outdoors Search And Rescue?
January 21, 2016, 12:16 pm | Sean McCoy Search and Rescue: The term conjures images of dangerous work under stressful conditions with high stakes at hand. In the future, drones will likely be a tool for SAR professionals, perhaps something like a crevasse-penetrating concept unveiled this week. A new Search and Rescue (SAR) toolRead More
Sydney hail storm: Severe weather pushes 1,000 new jobs onto stretched SES
Article published by ABC News 26 April 2015 The New South Wales State Emergency Service (SES) says it has received about 1,000 calls for help since a severe hail storm hit Sydney and the Blue Mountains late yesterday, adding to the backlog created by a powerful east coast low earlier in the week. Hail andRead More
This Spherical Rescue Drone Is Straight Out Of Star Wars
Flying drones inside burning buildings while looking for disaster survivors is incredibly hard, but it’s also one of the most promising applications of the machines. That’s why the Gimball search and rescue drone, billed as the world’s first collision-proof drone, was just awarded $US1 million in the United Arab Emirates’ Drones for Good competition.Read More