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Control measure
Have clearly defined area of operations


Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Areas requiring search


  • The importance of effectively managing and co-ordinating a search
  • How to clearly define the search area
  • Sources of information that can be used as visual aids
  • Understand the roles in a multi-agency response
  • The benefits of landmarking recognisable features
  • The benefits of establishing, or having a presence at, a central search command point
  • The benefits of establishing a forward control point (FCP)

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Co-ordinate the search plan based on who is being searched for, the search area, conditions and resources available

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider the search requirement, and the factors that may impact on search operations
  • Establish and co-ordinate an effective search plan
  • Review and adjust the search plan, based on information received, resources available and changes in the search environment