Through extensive research, development, testing, investigation, and data collection and analysis activities, LandSAR supports R&D projects that advance Search and Rescue, improve emergency response and enhance knowledge and training within the sector. The following are a sample of the consultation, research or development projects we have undertaken or contributed to.
Sound and Light Detection Index Experiment
The POD Trial conducted in Tasman, New Zealand were the first trial of its type anywhere in the world using un-alerted searchers and un-alerted subjects (ie: the trial was conducted as close to operational reality as possible). The data is directly applicable in an operational context, where both the searcher and subject will be unaware of each other until some form of contact is made (voice, whistle, light).
This is the first report in the land search literature of both elements (searcher and subject) of a two-way detection problem. It also, however, represents only a pilot experiment. The true value of the experiment will only be realized with follow-on experiments conducted in different terrains and correction factors (wind, rain, hearing, etc.) determined. Once the additional work is accomplished, the research can move from a research and development phase to actually helping search planners to make practical decisions in the field.
Future Trends Influencing Search and Rescue
- Assess how the structure (age, experience, skills and location etc.) of NZ's SAR volunteer response will be affected by projected population changes to 2030
- Identify changes in the nature of SAR callouts (operations) over the next 20 years
- Identify how these changes will impact on the training needs of the SAR sector
- Key Findings Report (Executive Summary)
- Volume 1: Baselines & trends, demand analysis and detailed projections
- Volume 2: Profiles of SAR agency capability
Vector Forces Guide v2
Primarily designed as a training tool, it allows users to quickly establish the angles of anchor connections, slope and directional forces and calculate the corresponding load/force.
Rope Rescue & Rigging
Antarctica NZ - AntNZ
LandSAR Training project managed and developed of several technical manuals for use in Antarctica, including;
- Antarctica Search and Rescue Manual - AntNZ, USAP, AAD 2007 & 2008
- Antarctica Emergency Pre-Plans 2008/2009
- Antarctica Incident Management Guidelines 2008/2009
Mountain Safety Council
Alpine Rescue Techniques
LandSAR Training project managed and developed the updated and improved Alpine Rescue Techniques
- Mountain Safety Manual 36, third edition published 2008