Australia has a world renowned search and rescue (SAR) service that spans the nation and 53 million square kilometres of adjacent oceans. Its collectively known as AusSAR, which is a business unit of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). At its heart is the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC).
Operating 24/7, the JRCC is located in Canberra and is responsible for the national coordination of both maritime and aviation SAR. It is responsible for the management and operation of the Australian ground segment of the Cospas-Sarsat distress beacon detection system. JRCC also coordinates medical evacuations and broadcasts maritime safety information.
JRCC is staffed by SAR specialists who have a naval, merchant marine, air force, civil aviation or police service background and works closely with State and Territory Police, Border Protection and Defence.
Mr Heather will discuss AMSA’s structure, AusSAR’s responsibilities and assets used in SAR. He’ll also relate case studies of some notable SAR operations undertaken by AusSAR. Arthur Heather is currently employed by AMSA as a Senior SAR Coordinator within JRCC. His responsibilities include all aspects of coordinating SAR for both aviation and maritime incidents within the Australian SAR region.