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NZ USAR Charter 2005

NZ USAR Charter 2005

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Published by Shane Briggs
Urban Search and Rescue Steering
Committee Charter 2005

NB: This is for historical purposes only as the Steering Committe was repalced with the National USAR Advisory Board in 2008.
Urban Search and Rescue Steering
Committee Charter 2005

NB: This is for historical purposes only as the Steering Committe was repalced with the National USAR Advisory Board in 2008.

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STEERING COMMITTEE CHARTER

AUTHORITY
The role of the Urban Search and Rescue Steering Committee is to manage the development and maintenance of an integrated national urban search and rescue capability in New Zealand. The Ministry of Civil Defence and the New Zealand Fire Service are the initiating agencies for the Steering Committee and operate under the respective authorities of the Director, Ministry of Civil Defence Emergency Management and the Chief Executive, New Zealand Fire Service. This Charter authorises the formation of a Steering Committee, sets out its roles and responsibilities and identifies the relationships, structures and funding arrangements.

The Steering Committee Charter is approved by:
John Norton Director Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management Mike Hall Chief Executive New Zealand Fire Service

Signed .......................................................................................................... Date ................................................................................................................

Signed .......................................................................................................... Date ................................................................................................................

And endorsed by the Strategic Partner agencies:
New Zealand Police Name .............................................................................................................. Title................................................................................................................... Signed ........................................................................................................... Date ................................................................................................................

Ambulance New Zealand Name .............................................................................................................. Title................................................................................................................... Signed ........................................................................................................... Date ................................................................................................................

Local Government New Zealand Name .............................................................................................................. Title................................................................................................................... Signed ........................................................................................................... Date ................................................................................................................

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BACKGROUND
The Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management and the New Zealand Fire Service have set up the Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) Steering Committee (“the Committee”) to develop, implement and manage the provision of a USAR capability in New Zealand. • • This charter sets out the objectives and responsibilities of the USAR Steering Committee. The Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management will provide the Chair of the Committee unless otherwise agreed by the majority of the Committee. • The Chairperson is authorised to sign agreements on behalf of the Committee where this does not conflict with individual partner agencies.

MEMBERSHIP OF USAR STEERING COMMITTEE AND WORKING GROUPS
Member agencies of the Steering Committee are: • • • • • Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, New Zealand Fire Service, New Zealand Police, Ambulance New Zealand, Local Government New Zealand. Member agencies will maintain senior level representation on the Steering Committee and on Working Groups as appropriate. Costs associated with such representation will be met by the individual member’s organisation as apportioned by agreement with Committee members.

OBJECTIVES
The Steering Committee has the following objectives for USAR in New Zealand: • The development and maintenance of an urban search and rescue capability based upon national and international best practice. Urban rescue operations associated with a single–site structural collapse to be carried out using New Zealand resources in support of local emergency response agencies. • Rescue operations at a multi-site structural collapse to be undertaken using New Zealand and international resources. Rescue operations in a regional scale disaster to be prioritised and undertaken using New Zealand and international resources.

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Urban Search & Rescue

RESPONSIBILITIES
The responsibilities of the Committee are to provide strategic direction, governance and support for all elements of USAR New Zealand to: • ensure the development of policy and frameworks within which the objectives of the national USAR capability can be met. establish the linkages between all of the strategic partner agencies which contribute to the national USAR capability. The names of such agencies are listed in Annexure 2. ensure that international and national best practice standards are implemented for USAR qualifications and training. ensure that the approved USAR taskforces, registered response teams and other specialist skill assets are appropriately resourced and capable of being deployed; the Committee, as part of its responsibilities, will request that sufficient funding is available for that purpose • ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place for international teams coming into New Zealand to give assistance, and for New Zealand teams who may provide assistance overseas. establish and maintain a national exercise programme to test and evaluate USAR capability. monitor and report on the integrated USAR capability to all stakeholders establish and maintain all the components of a comprehensive, multi agency USAR capability. ensure operational readiness of all elements of the USAR capability. ensure integration of the USAR capability within CDEM and NZFS operational arrangements.

• • • • •

Subject to a majority decision of its members, the Committee may from time to time alter or add to the above responsibilities. The broad allocation of responsibilities between MCDEM and the NZFS as initiating USAR agencies are shown diagrammatically in Annexure 1.

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ANNEXURE 1 – USAR PRINCIPAL TASK ALLOCATIONS
Urban Search and Rescue

NZFS
Functions

MCDEM
Functions

Steering Committee
• • • • • MCDEM (chair) NZFS NZ Police Ambulance NZ Local Government NZ

Task Forces
Provision, maintenance and management of multi-agency taskforces and associated structures

NZ USAR Team
Comprises 3 national level Task Forces complete with specialists, supported by local Registered Response Teams

Relationships
• • INSARAG 1 UNDAC 2 • • Govt agencies NZ Aid

Operational Management
Oversight and management during operational deployment

Registered Response Teams
Development and registration of RRT RRT’s both TA and private

Training
Program development and delivery

Ian Craig Scholarship

Policy
Development and deployment of operational policy

National Exercise
Develop an exercise program that tests the skills of all facets of multi-agency response and recovery operations

Relationships
• • AFAC 3 INSARAG 1 (TF leaders)

Joint MCDEM/NZFS Activities Training & Standards Working Group
Multi-agency group led by NZFS

Response Operations Working Group
Multi-agency group led by NZFS

Specialist Skills Working Group
• Engineers • Search dogs • Medics Multi-agency group led jointly by NZFS and MCDEM

Management of Operational (Database) Website

Publication of USAR documentation • • Course material FactSheets/ Guidelines

Management of Information/ Promotional Website

NZFS

JOINT NZFS/MCDEM

MCDEM

FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS
1

International Search and Rescue Advisory Group,

2

United Nations Disaster Assessment Coordination,

3

Australasian Fire Authorities Council

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Urban Search & Rescue

ANNEXURE 2 – DETAILS OF STEERING COMMITTEE AGENCIES

Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management
PO Box 5010 Wellington Ph. 04 473 7363

New Zealand Fire Service
PO Box 2133 Wellington Ph 04 496 3600

New Zealand Police
PO Box 3017 Wellington Ph 04 474 9499

Ambulance New Zealand
Level 8 25-33 Victoria Street Wellington Ph 04 499 2621

Local Government New Zealand
PO Box 5362 Wellington Ph 04 494 0576

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