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NZ's SAR Guidelines

Welcome to the NZ's SAR Guidelines.


These guidelines explain the five stages of a SAR operation: Awareness, Initial Action, Planning, Operations, and Conclusion. Find out who's responsible for what, and get detailed guidance on the processes within each stage.

These guidelines relate to search and rescue and do not stop you from taking the most effective action in the circumstances to help people missing or in distress. The intention is to save lives, prevent or minimise injuries, and remove persons from situations of peril by locating the persons, providing for initial medical care or other needs, and then delivering them to a place of safety..