Search And Rescue Plans

Search And Rescue Plans

"Our intent is to be able to rescue any person in the SRR in danger within 60 minutes of notification (Golden hour)

The National Search and Rescue Center falls under the Supreme Council For National Security utilizing strong collaborative relationships and formal arrangements to provide search and rescue services to any person(s) in distress; no matter where they are in the United Arab Emirates Search and Rescue Region (SRR).

Search and Rescue: “The search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger.” A search is an operation normally coordinated by a Joint Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) or rescue sub-center, using available personnel and facilities to locate persons in distress and rescue is an operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs, and deliver them to a place of safety.

Field of search and rescue includes many specialty sub-fields such as:

(Medical Evacuation with medical treatment)
(Casualty Evacuation to the nearest point of safety)
Sea, desert and mountain search and rescue.

What is a Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz Beacon?

A Cospas-Sarsat 406-MHz beacon, also called a distress radio beacon or emergency beacon, is a radio transmitter that can be activated in a life-threatening emergency to summon assistance from government authorities.

Cospas-Sarsat 406-MHz beacon types:

There are three types of beacons used to transmit distress signals,
  • EPIRBs (maritime use)
  • ELTs (aviation use)
  • PLBs (personal-based applications use)

How does a Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz Beacon works?

  • User activates beacon
  • Satellite detects the beacon
  • Beacon signal is transferred from satellite to LUT
  • LUT transfers the beacon message and location data to its associated MCC
  • The MCC transfers the Cospas-Sarsat alert message to the governmental authorities responsible
  • The rescue authorities take action

Distress beacon:

A distress beacon is an electronic device that, when activated in a life threatening situation, assists rescue authorities in their search to locate those in distress.
Emergency Locator Transmitters are distress beacons that are fixed in aircraft.
Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons are for maritime use and designed to float upright in water.
Personal Locator Beacons may be used as personal distress beacons in all environments.

Why Should I Register My Beacon?

Registering your beacon may make the difference between life and death. By registering your beacon you allow search-and-rescue authorities in an emergency to retrieve crucial information about you, your aircraft or vessel, and people who can provide valuable information about you (your emergency contacts).

For a Cospas-Sarsat 406 MHz Beacon registration in UAE

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA)
P.O.Box: 26662 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

NSRC Mission Control Center (MCC)

Facility that monitors distress beacon activation and takes active steps in the track and finds the beacon that has been activated.