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Search and rescue course: first for Canberra

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82/23 28.7.82 .... , news release

Following is a news release from the Department of Aviation:


The Department of Aviation's National Search and

Rescue School will be conducting a four-week course in Canberra

from 2 August, for senior air traffic controllers seeking a

Search and Rescue Mission Co-ordinator's (SAR/MC) rating.

·· It will be the first such course run by the

school since it was transferred to Canberra from Melbourne

late last year.. ‘ ·· . . .

' Twelve air traffic controllers from around Australia

will be talcing part. · · ** .

All have wide experience as. Assistant Search and

Rescue Mission Co-ordinators at airports.

The head of.the Department 1s Search and Rescue

Organisation, Mr John Richardson, said the course was aimed

at teaching the skills necessary to take command- of major

search and rescue operations for aircraft involved in

distress situations,

■ · / . It would> also focus on the planning and provision

of airsearche^ required for marine emergencies,

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"The participants will be put through emergency • . »

exercises in simulated Rescue Co-ordination Centres at the

school,1 1 Mr Richardson said.

"They will have to undergo a rigorous examination

to get their rating.

"As the recognised primary authority for aviation

and maritime search and rescue training, the Department of

Aviation carries out similar courses for officers from the

defence forces, police and the Australian Coastal Surveillance


"Periodic courses are also held for international

students from search and rescue organisations in the south­

west Pacific and South-east Asia.

"During.the course practical exercises will involve

students in planning and implementing airborne search and

rescue techniques such as the detection and location of

aircraft and marine distress beacons.

"On successful completion of the course, students

will be qualified to operate in any.of the nine Rescue

Co-ordination Centres at major airports around Australia."


Editors Note: Media representatives are invited to attend the

opening of the course at Room 27. level 4 .

. Benjamin Offices (Orange building) at 8 .45 a.m.

on 2 August. Mr Richardson will be available

to media after the opening. For further

information please contact Ernie Davitt of the

■ Department of Aviation's PR Branch on 46 9^77·