• 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 Shane Johnson, Independent Advisor, Aviation Special Mission & Aviation / Maritime Emergency Response joins us at the Conference to present ‘Hazards at Aviation Accident Sites – Protecting Emergency Responders’.


It is common for police, fire, ambulance, SES and helicopter rescue crews to attend off-airport aviation accidents. Aviation accident sites have always presented a range of hazards for emergency responders. Electric propulsion, composite materials, airbags and ballistic parachute systems are recent developments in aviation technology that are generating additional aviation accident hazards.

This presentation examines existing and developing hazards associated with working at an aviation accident site. The presentation will also address how emergency response agencies may control risks through hazard awareness, procedures, PPE and training.


Currently semi-retired independent advisor – special mission aviation, SAR and aviation emergency management. 20-years’ service in SAR with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority – Principal Advisor Resources and SAR Training Officer, National SAR School. More than 20-years’ service in special mission aviation and emergency services / emergency management – Royal Australian Navy, Victoria Police Air Wing, NSCA, Ambulance Victoria and NSW Rural Fire Service.

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





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