Page updated: 30 November 2020
If you're the Incident Controller, you need to consider the health and safety of everyone involved in a SAR operation.
You need to ensure appropriate health and safety systems are used throughout the SAR operation. This includes the Conclusion stage and immediately afterwards.
As Incident Controller, you are responsible for the health and safety of everyone who participates in the SAR operation. If the SAR operation has significant risks, you can appoint one or more people to:
Fatigue needs to be considered during and after an operation. Information on managing fatigue is provided in the Fatigue Guidance Note.
This act protects everyone involved in a SAR operation. This includes people who are paid employees and those acting on behalf of coordinating authorities as volunteers.
The service level agreements between SAR coordinating authorities and SAR partner agencies require:
The link below will take you to the page on the NZSAR website that contains all service level agreements with SAR partner agencies.
You can organise a place for SAR resources to:
The resource below contains information supporting people who have been exposed to trauma.
Everyone involved in a SAR operation must return to a safe place. This could be:
People involved in a SAR operation should not travel immediately after the operation is concluded or suspended. They should rest and avoid travel until they recover from any physical or mental fatigue caused by their involvement in the SAR operation.