We are pleased to announce Mr Michael Wear, Search & Rescue Coordinator, WA Police as a session speaker at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR).
Mr Michael Wear will be speaking in the Technology stream about the Winston Churchill Fellowship to study Marine Search and Rescue coordination together with technology use in search planning.
Mr Wear has been with the WA Police since 1989 and currently the Marine SAR Coordinator with the Water Police and instructing at the National Search and Rescue Managers course since 2008.
His fellowship was to study Marine Search and Rescue coordination together with technology use in search planning visiting Singapore, Canada and the United States and attending various locations and cities that were all involved in search and rescue operations.
The major part of his fellowship was to attend to the Search and Rescue planning course that is conducted by the United States Coast Guard for their officers who are currently, or those who will be working in the Command Centre’s across America and in charge of Search and Rescue planning for the Coast Guard.
Mr Wear will discuss major lessons learnt from experience overseas; The principles behind SAR planning, being taught in Australia are of standard equal with that of the United States, The use of technology in planning, by comparing the USA’s SAROPS to Australia’s SARMap has a similar output, The ‘Rescue 21’ system used in USA for VHF radio would be of huge benefit to Australian SAR system.
During Mr Wears’ visits to Sectors, small boast stations and Air station Hawaii, San Francisco then San Diego, he was able to obtain an appreciation from SAR activities and systems from the ‘on the ground’ operators who are responsible for prosecuting the search plans that are developed by the Search and Rescue controllers.
In comparing the Australian SAR system to the United States Coast Guard, the differences that stood out were only in relation to the sheer size of the USCG organization. For a SAR authority to have their own assets at a ready availability on call 24 hours a day is a luxury that the Australian Police services don’t have.
The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR) will be held at the Jupiters Hotel, Gold Coast on the 1 June 2016.
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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