Page updated: 30 November 2020
If you are the Incident Controller, you need to make sure SAR resources complete debriefs.
You need debriefs from:
The debrief should summarise activities that:
The Incident Management Team should give you this debrief as soon as possible.
As Incident Controller, you are responsible for collecting, organising, and submitting debriefs as per the coordinating authority's policy.
A formal debrief is different from the debriefs completed before demobilisation. The purpose of a formal debrief is to:
As Incident Controller, you can choose to complete a formal debrief. You must complete a formal debrief when it is requested by:
Refer to NZSAR Guideline for Search and Rescue Operational Debriefing
You should complete the formal debrief within 21 days of the conclusion of the SAR operation. This will allow the majority of people involved in the SAR operation to participate in the debrief.
You can complete the debrief at a later time if people who are essential to the debrief are not available within the 21 days. In this case, you can delay the debrief until an agreed date. This date should give people who can’t attend the debrief enough time to write a detailed report.
As Incident Controller, you can appoint the chairperson if the Police District Commander agrees with your choice of chairperson. The Police District Commander can also appoint the chairperson.
The chairperson is responsible for:
All debriefs contain information that can help improve future search and rescue responses throughout New Zealand. This information needs to be shared to be useful.
Use debriefs to complete reports about lessons learned from the SAR operation. Reports should be shared with the National Search and Rescue Coordinator at the New Zealand Police unless: