Search, rescue exercise at school

Oct 9th, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Tamahere School is to be used as a training ground of a different kind this weekend.

LandSAR volunteers in their fluoro gear will train in Tamahere this weekend


New Zealand Land Search and Rescue (LandSAR) will be using the school grounds and surrounding neighbourhood for a suburban search training exercise on Saturday (October 14).

Locals should not be alarmed if they see police cars and a lot of fluoro-clad people in and around the school and community, said Waveney Parker, a member of Hamilton LandSAR and Tamahere School principal.

LandSAR is the national volunteer organisation which provides land search and rescue services to the Police and public of New Zealand.

Parker said the practical component of Saturday’s training may mean searchers approach local landowners to check if it is OK to question them and search for a lost person, probably a child.

“We hope we don’t cause any undue alarm or inconvenience but as you can appreciate suburban training has to happen in somebody’s neighbourhood,” Parker said.

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