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Mobilising SAR resources

Page updated: 27 November 2020

If you're the Incident Controller, you can choose to mobilise SAR resources that have been activated. Before you do this, you need to complete several actions.

Establish an Incident Control Point

You must confirm with the SAR organisation that has the activated SAR resource that you want to mobilise it. You can choose not to mobilise all the SAR resources you have activated. You can keep some activated resources in reserve in case you need them later.

Confirm or modify pre-planned tasks

Let the SAR organisation know what needs to be done with the SAR resource, and what its tasks will be. You also need to let the SAR organisation know:

  • the state of readiness the SAR resource needs to be in for immediate deployment when it is tasked
  • where the SAR resource needs to be and when it needs to be there.

Delegate specific functions to people in the Incident Management Team

Consider all the functions and responsibilities described in the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS). These functions should be delegated to people on the Incident Management Team.


Function Responsibilities
Coordinates and controls the response
Collects and analyses information and intelligence related to context, impact, and consequences; also distributes intelligence outputs
Leads planning for response activities and resource needs
Provides detailed direction, coordination, and supervision of response elements on behalf of the Control function
Provides personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, and services to support response activities
Public Information Management
Develops and delivers messages to the public, directly and through the media, and liaises with the community if required
Coordinates the delivery of emergency welfare services and resources to affected individuals, families/whanau and communities
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