Page updated: 27 November 2020
The Incident Controller is responsible for all parts of Awareness.
If a SAR coordinating authority receives a call about an incident, that authority assumes incident control. The person who calls is known as the informant.
A dedicated Incident Controller will be appointed.
If you’re the Incident Controller, you need to:
You may also need to take other time-critical initial actions, such as alerting a rescue helicopter.
As Incident Controller, you are responsible for all parts of Awareness. However, you can delegate activities to other people.
Transfer can only happen if:
The role of Incident Controller may be passed between individuals within coordinating authorities and between coordinating authorities by mutual agreement, but someone is always in the role. Whoever is in the role at any one time has overall responsibility for the incident.
If you’re from a SAR partner agency and you think a SAR response is needed, you must contact the coordinating authority.
The two coordinating authorities in New Zealand are:
The person you speak to at the coordinating authority becomes the Incident Controller once you’ve briefed them about the situation.