Malaysian search and rescue (SAR) operations play a critical role in ensuring the safety and security of citizens, visitors and assets. Due to the extensive coastline and air traffic, effective SAR operations are essential in protecting lives and properties. The current study aims to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of maritime and aeronautical SAR operations in the Malaysian SAR region by enhancing the collaboration between authorities and developing a solid organisational basis. Human resources, SAR resources, training and logistic support are emphasised. This study employed a quantitative methodology and recruited 140 personnel from SAR agencies. Empirical data were collected through a questionnaire with a simple random technique. Resultantly, training possessed the strongest association with organisational performance. The findings could provide insights into improving operational performance during SAR crises and facilitate strategic decision-making, which would also be instrumental to other government agencies conducting similar research.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2023-06-06
Acknowledgements: Burke et al. (2004) stated that limited research was conducted on the specific impact of the aforementioned variables on the effectiveness of SAR operations. More research is required to thoroughly understand the relationships between the factors and identify opportunities for improving the effectiveness of SAR operations (Burke et al., 2004). More findings are required to enhance the efficiency of SAR organisations in Malaysia to ensure more proficient and effective performance of rescue duties. An in-depth survey-based study is vital to adopt a proactive strategy in addressing the current issue, especially when insufficient studies were observed on the effect of organisational performance on both ship crew and search rescue unit (SRU) support.