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July 08, 2021

Control measure - Effective search management

Tactical action added following assurance check


May 25, 2021

Tactical Action - Consider establishing a forward control point (FCP)

New tactical action reflects existing guidance - independent TA for use in scenarios

Tactical Action - Identify sources of information that may assist with search planning or defining the search area

New tactical action to reflect updated content

Tactical Action - Consider establishing, or having a presence at, a central search command point

New tactical action

Tactical Action - Liaise with police search advisers (PolSA) and other emergency responders

Performing rescues review – updated title to reflect content. Approved by Steering group

Tactical Action - Debrief teams following search activity and record outcomes to be shared with subsequent or additional search teams

New tactical action to reflect updated content

Tactical Action - Constantly review the search plan based on the progress being made

New tactical action to reflect content update

Control measure - Effective search management

Strategic Action - Provide personnel with the means to effectively co-ordinate, record and communicate search information


March 26, 2018

Control measure - Have clearly defined area of operations


March 06, 2018

Control measure - Have clearly defined area of operations

Training Specification link established


March 01, 2018

Tactical Action - Implement a co-ordinated search plan, define parameters and sub-divide the area where necessary


October 03, 2017

Tactical Action - Develop a plan based on Locate, Access, Stabilise, Transport (LAST) principles

Tactical action wording revised as agreed at NIF meeting on 08-06-17


August 10, 2017

Control measure - Have clearly defined area of operations