SARINZ is a knowledge based organisation. Consultation, research and development serves as the foundation that supports the organisation's goal to help others save lives. SARINZ is proud to be working with clients that range from Government Departments, multi-national companies, international SAR organisations, schools, polytechnic's and voluntary organisations and individuals. We pride ourselves in developing partnerships with our clients to meet their individual needs. Following the initial proposal, we will undertake a detailed consultation with you to ensure we provide the best match for your needs. All clients are assigned a project manager who is the key single point-person between your organisation and SARINZ. If you think we might be able to be of assistance to you, contact us to discuss options.

NZQA's independent External Evaluation and Review (EER) had the following to say about SARINZ:
"As the designers of programmes, activities, resources and assessments, the deliverers of training solutions and advocates of best practice search and rescue, SARINZ helps others establish a level of operational competence, improve emergency response capabilities and boost operational effectiveness."

Through extensive research, development, testing, investigation, and data collection and analysis activities, SARINZ supports R&D projects that advance Search and Rescue, improve emergency response and enhance knowledge and training within the sector. The following are a sample of the consultation, research or development projects SARINZ have undertaken or contributed to.

Future Trends Influencing Search and Rescue

This report aims to identify foreseeable patterns and trends in NZ SAR incidents and operational responses through to 2030. Methods included analysis of secondary data sources (primarily demographic projections, incident records) and a review of relevant literature, supported by primary data collection.
The primary objectives of the research are to:
  1. Assess how the structure (age, experience, skills and location etc.) of NZ's SAR volunteer response will be affected by projected population changes to 2030
  2. Identify changes in the nature of SAR callouts (operations) over the next 20 years
  3. Identify how these changes will impact on the training needs of the SAR sector
The report is available in three parts.
  • Key Findings Report (Executive Summary)
  • Volume 1: Baselines & trends, demand analysis and detailed projections
  • Volume 2: Profiles of SAR agency capability

Virtual SAR

SARINZ have provided information and support to Virtual SAR for the development and release of smart phone applications. Available for both Android and Apple by clicking on the Virtual SAR logo.

Vector Forces Guide v2

In 2014 we updated and improved our Vector forces Calculation Guide (VCFG) to incorporate a protractor for better assessment of angles and aligned the text with the relevant windows. Now even easier to use!
Primarily designed as a training tool, it allows users to quickly establish the angles of anchor connections, slope and directional forces and calculate the corresponding load/force.

Tech Toolbox

All aspects of technical rope rescue and related research and development is hosted on our training and research partners website OTE Rescue.

Rope Rescue & Rigging

SARINZ provided background information to Over The Edge Rescue to support the development of the Rope Rescue and Rigging Field Guide by Grant Prattley. SARINZ are pleased to be involved in supporting OTE in this comprehensive waterproof pocket size field guide as well as SARINZ being the key NZ provider of technical rope rescue training as detailed in the guide.

Government Organisations

SARINZ have provided a comprehensive review and update to emergency procedures to ensure best practice transition from the emergency event to the organisations Business Continuity Plan (BCP). SARINZ have also developed and delivered scenarios to test these process and developed a series of 'in-house' scenarios to allow the organisation to practice and maintain its response capability. For commercial reasons we cannot name the two large national multi-site organisations, but both organisations have undertaken extensive training and development projects and are now well equipped to respond to a wide range of incidents.

NZ Red Cross

SARINZ was contracted by New Zealand Red Cross to develop their Leadership skills course based upon the SARINZ Action Orientated Team Leadership (AOTL) skills course. Included in this development was the completion of:
  • Student reference material
  • Assessment materials (against NZQA Unit Standards)
  • Lesson plans and support for ongoing internal training

Australian Antarctic Division - AAD

  • Antarctic Technical Rescue Field Guide - AAD - 2008 & 2012

Antarctica NZ - AntNZ

SARINZ project mangaed and developed of several technical manuals for use in Antarctica, inlcuding;
  • Antarctica Search and Rescue Manual - AntNZ, USAP, AAD 2007 & 2008
  • Antarctica Emergency Pre-Plans 2008/2009
  • Antarctica Incident Management Guidelines 2008/2009

Mountain Safety Council

Alpine Rescue Techniques
SARINZ project managed and developed the updated and improved Alpine Rescue Techniques
  • Mountain Safety Manual 36, third edition published 2008