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  1. RCCNZ Organisational Capability Marine SAR Chris Henshaw Search and Rescue Officer, RCCNZ. 17 May 2010

  2. Primary Function • To Coordinate Category II Search and Rescue activity in New Zealand’s Search and Rescue Region (NZ SRR).

  3. What are we • A Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) • Maritime, Aviation and Land • 24 / 7 • Search and Rescue Officers (SARO’s) trained to international maritime and aviation SAR standards (IAMSAR)

  4. What we do • Co-ordinate SAROP’s (CAT II) at a national level in the NZ SRR. Typically these are blue water marine, aviation and distress beacon related operations (Note: Police are responsible for co-ordinating CAT I incidents) • Provide search and rescue (SAR) services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year • Work with over 100 rescue services and related agencies nationwide plus more than 10,000 SAR personnel and volunteers • Coordinate and liaise with international SAR agencies

  5. Capability • At all times (24/7), a minimum of two Search and Rescue Officer’s (SARO’s) are on duty to coordinate a Search and Rescue operation • Any SARO can undertake the Search Mission Controller’s role (equivalent to the Incident Controller’s role under CIMS) during an incident • Additional RCCNZ staff, Police, NZDF, LandSAR and Diplomatic personnel are available in the event of a requirement to “scale up” during an incident • SARO’s can undertake any of the CIMS management roles

  6. Capability • RCCNZ Staff have a wide range of skills and experiences, commercial and recreational, to underpin their SAR knowledge Maritime - Commercial (blue water, international), Defence, Coastguard, private vessels Aviation - RAF, RNZAF, RAAF, private pilots license, Commercial Land - Police, Defence, LandSAR Communications – Radio Operators

  7. Resources • Each SARO has access to a wide range of SAR assets with which to effect timely, safe and efficient rescues (examples are) Defence – RNZAF (P3 Orion, Helicopter), RNZN (IPV’s, OPV’s,) Commercial – Helicopters, Fishing and Cargo vessels, Volunteers – Coastguard, LandSAR, Radio Operators Police MOC Computer systems and software (e.g. SARMAP)

  8. Resources - SARMAP • SARMAP is a computer package which utilises real time tidal and wind information to model drift characteristics of MOB, drifting vessels/objects. Used to assist in planning and determining search areas. • SARMAP • is a tool • uses real time info • proven • used in conjunction with local knowledge

  9. Response • Tasking of appropriate SAR assets (aircraft, helicopters, vessels, personnel, fire, ambulance) to an incident without unnecessary delay • Search area determination planning (SAD’s) for marine incidents - local and international - support to Police / NZDF / Coastguard • Tracking of SAR Assets (e.g. AIS, TracPlus, Spidertracks)

  10. Types of Incidents • 406 Beacons (EPIRB, PLB, ELT) • Blue water maritime • Medivac’s from offshore vessels • Coastal and close to shore SAROP’s in conjunction with Police • Marine SAROP’s in NZ’s SRRTonga – Princess Ashika: Kiribati – missing fisherman (SAD planning for RNZAF) • Aviation – aircraft missing or in distress • Incidents handed over by Police Photo courtesy of NEST Hen and Chicken Islands (May 2009) Alarm raised through the activation of a 406 EPIRB

  11. Rescue Coordination CentreNew Zealand • Operations Room (24/7) 04 577-8030 • EMAIL rccnz@maritimenz.govt.nz www.maritimenz.govt.nz