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The International Cospas-Sarsat Programme is a satellite-based search and rescue (SAR) distress alert detection and information distribution system, best known for detecting and locating emergency beacons activated by aircraft, ships and backcountry hikers in distress.

Information and resources, including a number of short videos, that explain how the Cospas-Sarsat system operates are available at the website below. It includes videos such as 'Cospas-Sarsat - An introduction', 'Cospas-Sarsat - How it works' and 'What is MEOSAR?'

Further video content can also be accessed from the reference link.

More modules

  • SAR Coordination and Support

    • NZ SAR Structure

      The NZ Search and Rescue sector is made up of many diverse organisations and entities that operate to provide NZ's operational response capability.

    • The Rescue Coordination Centre

      The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand is responsible for coordinating all Category II search and rescue operations within the New Zealand Search and Rescue Region.

    • NZ SAR Resource Database

      This presentation shows you how to locate and contact suitable SAR assets using the SAR Resource Data Base. Participants in the On Scene Coordinators training course will use this Database as part of their scenario work.

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