LandSAR Wellington is an organisation of unpaid professionals that provide search and rescue services within the greater Wellington region.
Our operations take place in suburban areas, Wellington’s regional and forest parks, rural areas and along our coastline. We’re just as likely to be searching for a dementia sufferer in Porirua as a tramper in the Tararua Forest Park.
We are one of 63 LandSAR units affiliated to LandSAR New Zealand. As an affiliated unit, we provide specialist search and rescue capabilities to New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre under a Memorandum of Understanding.
We have 62 unpaid professional members who train, prepare for and conduct operations. During our last reporting year (1 October 2011 to 30 September 2012), we responded to 27 incidents (2,449 hours), held 16 training activities (1, 490 hours) and held 11 other events (233 hours). We rescued 45 victims.
Search and rescue operations almost always involve several different organisations. Locally, this usually means the Wellington Police specialist Search and Rescue Squad, and the communications providers AREC.
A typical operation involves 24 members deployed in the field, supported by 4-5 members in the management team, 1-2 AREC communications personnel and 2-3 Police. Most operations are resolved within 12 hours.