SAFER WALKING / WANDER SEARCH
The New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) Council with key stakeholders have developed the Safer Walking Partnership Framework. This framework has been formed over the past decade in response to people with cognitive impairments who go missing while out walking (otherwise referred to as wandering) with potentially very poor outcomes.
The National Safer Walking Coordinator works for LandSAR and liaises and supports LandSAR groups and other stakeholders with the implementation of the Safer Walking Partnership Framework, and ongoing identification and assessment of new technologies to reduce the risk of going missing for vulnerable people.
One of the systems that fit into the framework is known as WanderSearch. This is made up of a radio frequency (RF) device that people who are at risk of going missing wear, and search equipment that Police and LandSAR volunteers throughout New Zealand use to assist them locate the missing person in the speediest manner possible. LandSAR works in partnership with all the Wander Search groups to provide guidance, support and training throughout New Zealand.
Contact the National Safer Walking Coordinator on Clare.Teague@landsar.org.nz or 027 282 2510