• Conference Secretariat 07 5502 2068
  • sar@anzdmc.com.au

The 4th annual Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Star Gold Coast. 

Mr Rhett Emery, NSSP Coordinator with NZSAR joins us at the Conference to present ‘Dynamic Simulation for Exercising’.


Mr Rhett Emery

How does a Police District manage their response to a rescue of over 3000 passengers from a cruise ship? How effective is their ability to coordinate and control the rescue? How are we testing the arrangements for response to a mass rescue incident of this nature?

This presentation will present how NZSAR is applying dynamic simulation to test response command and control for a mass rescue event.

Desk-top or functional exercises take place in a simulated operational environment, with Exercise Control providing the input and responses to simulate the ‘outside world’. With dynamic simulation the specifics of the responses, including type and timing, occur in response to the decisions and progress of the Incident Control.

We will use the audience to help in our demonstration of our mass rescue dynamic simulation.


New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) provides national strategic governance and leadership to New Zealand search and rescue. Rhett is part of the NZSAR Secretariat which provides strategic coordination for SAR in New Zealand through: 1.maintaining NZSAR’s key documentation 2. sustaining strong domestic and international SAR linkages 3. monitoring New Zealand’s domestic and international SAR obligations 4. responding to SAR issues as they arise 5. providing relevant advice. While the Secretariat does not have an operational SAR role, we help improve the overall co-ordination, cohesion, capability and leadership of search and rescue by working alongside the key organisations and individuals providing search and rescue services throughout New Zealand.

For information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference please visit the conference website.




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