Search and Rescue Annual Statistics Report 2006 – 2007 Research Completed

Title

Search and Rescue Annual Statistics Report 2006 – 2007

Lead Author

New Zealand Police

Organisation(s)

New Zealand Police

Publication Year

2007

Publisher

New Zealand Police

Contacts

Abstract

Police Annual Search and Rescue Statistics have been collated from the electronic data collection form on Police Lotus Notes and reflect the data entered by districts. A 7% increase has been recorded in search and rescue activity for the past year. The greatest increase being in land search and rescue incidents, 66 more than last year. This increase returns to an increasing trend prior to last year. The statistics for 2006 2007 give the following highlights:

• 737 class two land search and rescue incidents

• 700 class two marine search and rescue incidents

• 65 class three incidents

• 1513 incidents were attended

• Over 1774 people were assisted

• 300 were tourists (17%)

• $1,258,159 was spent delivering class II land incident response

• $392,570 was spent delivering class II marine incident response

• $48,870 was spent by Police supporting class III land incident response

• $33,325 was spent by Police supporting class III marine incident response

• 75 fatalities occurred, 26 through suicide.

Continual improvement is sought in the SAR environment and whilst improved technology enables more accurate, appropriate and efficient responses those who use the outdoors must take sensible precautions each time they venture out. Correct use of 406 MHz beacons and correct disposal of unwanted 121.5 beacons assists in enhancing SAR responses. Police value partnerships with organisations in both land and marine environments and continue to seek ways to improve the services we jointly deliver to our communities. The combined use of improved technology and skills by search and rescue practitioners will continue to see close to 2,000 persons rescued and returned to their loved ones.

Keywords:

Police, Rescue, Search and Rescue, SAR, Injuries, Fatalities, Statistics, New Zealand

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