Australia provides drift modelling training to Indonesian search and rescue officers

Thursday 13 November 2014
In early November AMSA Emergency Response Division staff, along with the developers of the SARMAP drift modelling program RPS APASA, travelled to Jakarta to deliver drift modelling training under the Indonesian Transport Safety Assistance Package.
BASARNAS officers being instructed in the use of the drift modelling program

Fifteen Indonesian search and rescue authority (BASARNAS) officers attended the two-day course, including some who had previously spent time in AMSA Search and Rescue under an ongoing exchange program.

Equipped with newly acquired skills, BASARNAS officers are now able to access real time wind and ocean current data to maximise their search efforts and to formulate a more accurate search area. This computer-based program will be integrated into BASARNAS's current search and rescue tools to assist in locating survivors and missing people who find themselves in distress in the vast oceans and waterways within the Indonesian Search and Rescue Region. 

The course was well received and an additional two SARMAP courses are planned to be rolled out at other Indonesian rescue coordination centres during 2015.

Drift modelling training courseCourse participants and instructors

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