The SAREX is vital for the ongoing development and improvement of skills and knowledge of SAR personnel. The SAREX is an important inter-agency training activity and is one of the most productive forms of experiential training.
SAREXs enable SAR people to meet, plan, practice, review, and evaluate in an environment where time and stress can be controlled.
The New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council provides limited financial support for Search and Rescue Exercises (SAREX). NZSAR SAREX funding is primarily intended to enhance the planning, monitoring, evaluation and debriefing of major marine and/or land SAREXs organised by the NZ Police.