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LandSAR (Land Search And Rescue) is a national volunteer organisation which provides land search and rescue services to the lost, the missing and the injured all over New Zealand. Their volunteers operate in suburban, urban, wilderness and rural areas including regionally and forest parks, shorelines, caves and canyons.
Unpaid professionals offer their specialist Search And Rescue skills free of charge to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the New Zealand Police and the Rescue Coordination Centre. From July 2017 to June 2018 they donated over 41,000 hours to rescue operations to help save 65 people, rescue 191 and assist another 426.
LandSAR have over 3,300 trained Search And Rescue volunteers who are members of 61 different rescue groups who cover New Zealand. There are also 11 specialist teams such as LandSAR Search Dogs, LandSAR Caving, Alpine Cliff Rescue and Swift Water Rescue who operate on a local level where there is a requirement for these specialist skills.
“New Zealand has one of the highest rates of volunteer SAR involvement in the world. Volunteers make up 95% of the people who provide the operational SAR response.”