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Search & Rescue Resources

Search and Rescue ResourcesNLSAR have a hard working committee which over the last several years have led to an increase of resources through successful community grants and some sponsorship. This has included going throughout the community talking to and presenting a slideshow presentation which has resulted in purchase of some resource which include Swazi protective outdoor clothing, other hi-vis clothing, Garmin Mapping GPS’s, and a caravan.

It is still interesting to note that currently (Aug 2008), approx. 99% of the specialist cliff/cave rescue squad members gear is personally owned. This is an area, the committee are looking to address in the very near future.

Support from those organization listed on our ‘home’ and ‘donations’ pages are crucial to NLSAR effectiveness in search and rescue operations.

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New NLSAR Callout System – WEB2TXT – FEBRUARY 2009

Northland SAR has decided to implement a WEB2SMS system for improving response times, communication and generally making life easier in the Northland land search and rescue scene.

This system allows us to login to a web site and send one message to everyone cellphone at once, this greatly reducing our call out time, and the time (sometimes up to 20 minutes), some of us spend phoning people.

99% of our members now have and/or carry a cellular phone around with them most of the time.

It was decided it was more cost effective to move to a cell-phone based system as opposed to going to a pager system which then meant similar cost, and another piece of equipment to maintain and carry.

Shortest CALLOUT ?? ‘ever’ in Northland SAR history…!

In late February 2009, what amounted to what must have been the shortest call-out ever (under 2 minutes) came about when an elderly gentleman in his 70’s went missing from an Waipu rest home.

Northland Anniversary Waipu Caving Weekend – Jan 2009

Another great weekend out at Waipu caves for the annual caving trip. The team was made up mostly of Auckland SAR, Northland SAR and a few extras that came along for the weekend.


Welcome to 2009

We hope everyone had a great new year and xmas break, and a huge thanks to those that where able to help out on Xmas and boxing day with the three callouts/Searches we had.

We have a new members person to help new people get through the training process and keep everybody in the loop.

TRAINING DETAILS – Read Full Details here.

Plane Crashlanding at Urertiti Beach, Ruakaka CALLOUT – XMAS DAY 25 Dec 2008

Plane Crashlanding at Urertiti Beach, Ruakaka, CALLOUT

As Glenn, Kevin (NLSAR management) and Police SAR S/Sgt Metcalfe & Sgt Neil Pennington were about to leave the Tarewa Road SAR HQ site, the initial report came through Police Communications about a ‘plane crash off Urettiti beach near Ruakaka.

Due to extremely limited information, and possibility of escalation, S/Sgt Metcalfe requested that Glenn & Kevin also respond to this incident.

Boxing DAY SAR callout resulted in the missing party being found while search and rescue were responding – Boxing Day 26 Dec 2008

Boxing DAY SAR callout resulted in the missing party being found while search and rescue were responding.

Tomarata (Te aire Point) Callout – Two females were overdue coming back down from the Te aire point from having a picnic. Located safe & well.