This research paper is driven by a primary objective: to emphasize the critical importance of investing in long-term youth development programs designed explicitly for the field of emergency management. These programs serve as a potent mechanism for nurturing a future workforce that possesses the essential skills, knowledge, and mindset required to excel in this dynamic profession. To illustrate the potential of such programs, this study employs the Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) program in New Zealand as a comprehensive case study. It not only showcases the remarkable accomplishments of YSAR but also offers a detailed analysis of its influence on the youth participants and the broader emergency management sector. Through a meticulous examination of the contributions of youth, the significance of diversity, the enduring dedication of lifelong volunteers, the positive aspects of youth culture, and the effectiveness of participatory learning environments, this paper aims to underscore the imperative of adopting and expanding similar initiatives worldwide. By doing so, we can bolster readiness and resilience in the face of increasingly intricate and unpredictable threats.
The YSAR GIS for Schools Program offers students access to valuable GIS (Geographic Information Systems) resources. The program is provided through Eagle Technology Group and includes an ArcGIS Pro Advance license worth $6500 NZD per student per year. Students can access it at https://ysarnewzealand.maps.arcgis.com/. The ESRI GIS for Schools program offers additional benefits, such as cutting-edge technology, hands-on learning opportunities, educational resources, and collaborative opportunities.
One standout feature of the ArcGIS Pro Advance license is the ability to create captivating Story Maps, which help students convey information visually and interactively. Story Maps enhance projects, encourage real-world applications, and prepare students for future career opportunities.
Overall, the ESRI GIS for Schools program equips YSAR students with the tools and knowledge needed to excel in GIS and spatial analysis. Interested students can find more information at https://www.esri.com/training/catalog/search/.
Enhancing Safety: VHF Radio Repeater Installation Revolutionizes Emergency Response in the Kaimai Mamaku Area
Community Project Installs VHF Radio Repeater Waikato and Bay of Plenty, 18th August 2023 In an inspiring display of community collaboration and dedication, Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) has successfully […]
Enhanced Imaging Technologies: FLIR, Night Vision, LiDAR, and Synthetic Aperture Radar in Emergency Response
Foreword In the realm of search and rescue and emergency response operations, the utilization of advanced imagery technologies has become increasingly crucial for enhancing operational effectiveness and efficiency. In this […]
In recent years, the advancement of generative AI and Large Language Models (LLM) has opened up new possibilities for supporting Search and Rescue (SAR) and Emergency Management (EM) operations. The integration of AI technologies has the potential to enhance the existing capabilities of SAR and EM agencies, leading to improved resilience, readiness, response, and recovery efforts..
In recent years, the utilization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, in search and rescue (SAR) and emergency management has emerged as a game-changer. The combination of […]
Understanding the Activation Process of Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) and Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) in New Zealand
Have you ever thought about what actually happens when you flick the switch? In this blog post, we explain the steps involved when a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or Emergency […]
Adaptation to New Technology for Communication in the Outdoors – Caution The telecommunications industry in New Zealand is experiencing a race among cellular companies to achieve 100% coverage across the […]
New Zealand Geographic May/June issue profile Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR Trust), through a student lens of what its like to train to become the next generation of Search and Rescue and Emergency Management responders.
YSAR Trust is thrilled to announce the recent partnership with Navico Group, a leading provider of marine electronics, to upgrade their battery system at the Youth Search and Rescue Training […]