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August 06, 2021

Hazard - Casualty on unstable ground

Hyperlink updated


July 15, 2021

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

No change following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021


July 12, 2021

Control measure - Rescue of a casualty from unstable ground

Strategic action order revised, Tactical actions added and removed following assurance check


July 09, 2021

Strategic Action - Have arrangements in place to obtain passenger or cargo information from transport operating companies

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Control measure - Primary search: Modes of transport

Hyperlinks added following assurance check

Control measure - National Resilience: Carry out urban search and rescue logistics management

Revised content following assurance check

Tactical Action - Clean and check USAR equipment

Introductory statement revised following assurance check


July 08, 2021

Control measure - National Resilience: Urban search and rescue team arrival at incident

Content added following assurance check

Control measure - Request National Resilience resources: Urban Search and Rescue

Removal of Strategic action following assurance check

Control measure - Aerial resources: Helicopters for search and rescue

Minor formatting and change Tactical action to strategic action

Strategic Action - Pre-plan to identify radio channels that can be used for ground-to-air communications at multi-agency incidents

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Control measure - Aerial resources: Drones for search

Tactical action revised to a Strategic action

Tactical Action - Ensure drones are deployed appropriately and in compliance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) guidance

Incorrectly created as a TA

Control measure - Specialist resources: Search

Tactical actions updated following assurance check

Tactical Action - Consider requesting appropriate specialist search resources

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Control measure - Thermal imaging or scanning: Search and rescue

Strategic and tactical actions updated, minor formatting following assurance check

Tactical Action - Adopt a methodical system when using thermal imaging equipment to search for people

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Consider requesting appropriate thermal imaging resources when searching for people, especially in reduced visibility

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Make arrangements for personnel to be able to use thermal imaging when searching for people

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - •    Make arrangements for personnel to be able to use thermal imaging when searching for people

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Tactical Action - Consider requesting National Resilience lighting equipment for large scale search and rescue activity

duplicated in error

Tactical Action - Consider using battery powered lighting for search and rescue operations

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Strategic Action - Have arrangements with agencies to request a range of lighting equipment suitable for use in search and rescue operations

Revised following approval of Search, rescue and casualty care. Third edition, version one by Steering Group 04/05/2021

Control measure - Effective search management

Tactical action added following assurance check


July 05, 2021

Control measure - National Resilience: Urban search and rescue post-incident response

Training specification link established

Control measure - National Resilience: Urban search and rescue post-incident response

Training specification link established

Control measure - National Resilience: Carry out urban search and rescue logistics management

National Resilience added to title, three new Tactical actions added for Specialist responders

Control measure - National Resilience: Urban search and rescue work plan

Training specification link established

Control measure - National Resilience: Urban search and rescue team arrival at incident

Training specification link established

Tactical Action - Support the management of the incident by implementing a USAR co-ordination cell (UCC) if required

Introductory statement revised

Control measure - Request National Resilience resources: Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)

Training specification link established

Control measure - Aerial resources: Helicopters for search and rescue

Training specification link established

Control measure - Aerial resources: Helicopters for search and rescue

NEW Control measure to provide greater detail on search helicopters

Control measure - Aerial resources: Drones for search

New content to expand search guidance


June 29, 2021

Control measure - Primary search: All searches

Training specification link added


June 10, 2021

Tactical Action -  Ensure personnel working around an unstable surface are secured using an appropriate safe system of work

Updated tactical action to provide more flexibility of safe system of work

Control measure - Rescue of a casualty from unstable ground

Updated control measure to provide more information regarding rescuing casualties from unstable ground

Control measure - Rescue of a casualty from unstable ground

Updated control measure to provide more information regarding rescuing casualties from unstable ground


June 01, 2021

Hazard - Lack of co-ordinated search plan: Modes of transport

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


May 27, 2021

Tactical Action - Consider counting the seats, or referring to the displayed passenger capacity, to estimate the number ...

New Tactical action to reflect expanded guidance

Tactical Action - Consider gathering information contained in CCTV systems about passengers and cargo

New Tactical action to reflect expanded guidance

Tactical Action - Consider the potential for people hiding or being concealed in the mode of transport and request police support if required

NEW Tactical action to add additional information regarding search

Control measure - Primary search: Modes of transport

Control measure guidance updated to reflect new guidance structure

Tactical Action - Co-ordinate search activity of the mode of transport, including voids and compartments

NEW tactical action

Tactical Action - Develop a co-ordinated plan to search for casualties in or around the mode of transport, and communicate this to personnel

Control measure guidance updated to reflect new guidance structure


May 26, 2021

Hazard - Lack of co-ordinated search plan: All searches

Additional information added to improve search coordination guidance

Control measure - National Resilience: Urban search and rescue work plan

Expansion of content to include ASR level 1 and 2

Tactical Action - Support the management of the incident by implementing a USAR co-ordination cell (UCC) if required

NEW tactical action to reflect expanded content

Hazard - Lack of co-ordinated search plan: All searches

Additional information added to improve search coordination guidance