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06
Jun

Discussion of issues, challenges and opportunities in SAR

The 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea & Air took place last week at Jupiter’s Gold Coast. Opening with a fascinating Keynote presentation from Dr Paul Luckin AM, Medical Consultant, SAR Training Australia on time frames for survival in SAR, Dr Luckin talked about how to assess time frames

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26
May

Government announces $2.7m for new Tuggeranong SES station

The ACT government has announced $2.7 million in funding for a new purpose-built State Emergency Service station in Tuggeranong. Announcing the money as part of the government’s upcoming budget, Emergency Services Minister Simon Corbell said the station would better equip the territory’s volunteers to respond to extreme weather events. “The SES is one of our

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24
May

Search and rescue robot uses static electricity to stick to virtually any surface

The key to any successful search-and-rescue operation is knowing what you’re dealing with, but especially for complex and time-consuming missions, that can be challenging. One possible solution: tiny flying robots that can canvas an area and return up-to-date information. Current “microbots” tend to run out of energy quickly, but scientists are close to overcoming that

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23
May

EgyptAir MS804: search and rescue at sea is never easy

The disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS804, presumed lost over the eastern Mediterranean on a flight between Paris and Cairo with all 66 on board, is the latest passenger aircraft to go missing. The loss of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 along with its 239 passengers over the Indian Ocean in March 2014 still looms large –

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23
May

The role of social media in SAR situations

Using social media in SAR and disaster management is fast becoming an integral part of operations. But how can social media in search and rescue help the recovery effort more quickly? Dr Melanie Irons, Psychology Lecturer, Charles Darwin University, keynote speaker at the 2016 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference (ANZSAR); Land, Sea

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23
May

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 of

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12
May

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. To

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09
May

Arviat program aims to lower rising search and rescue numbers

A Montreal researcher and local Inuit in Arviat, Nunavut, hope a new traditional skills program aimed at youth will help curb the rising number of search and rescue operations across the territory. Dylan Clark, a member of McGill University’s Climate Change Adaptation Research Group, has analyzed search and rescue data from the past decade. “There’s been a pretty steady

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05
May

Innovations in search and rescue

Every year, Switzerland responds to about 1,000 backcountry search-and-rescue (SAR) emergencies—hikers injured in falls, thrill-seekers who’ve gone missing, campers stranded by rock slides or floods. Currently, the normal way to find people is to dispatch human teams, sometimes into dangerous parts of the Alps. This work is time-consuming; about 10,000 manpower hours are expended annually

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29
Apr

Swarms of drones will soon be use in SAR operations

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake that decimated much of its infrastructure and left many under rubble. An extraordinary group of 62 teams approaching some 1,800 people were able to rescue 132 victims in an 11-day period, and while those efforts are amazingly commendable, there’s a future in which drones could assist

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