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Control measure

Situational awareness: Search for a missing person

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Multi-agency response and responsibilities

Understand:

  • The roles and responsibilities of:
    • The fire and rescue service
    • The police
    • Police search advisors (PolSA)
  • The need to apply the JESIP Joint Doctrine
  • The benefits of joint training and exercises

Information gathering

Understand:

  • The benefits of using information to gain situational awareness
  • The types of information that may be useful when searching for a missing person
  • The sources of information when searching for a missing person
  • The signs of occupancy that are relevant to the context of the incident
  • How to interpret the signs of occupancy
  • The terminology used when searching for a missing person, including:
    • Point last seen (PLS)
    • Last known position (LKP)
    • Initial planning point (IPP)

Recording information about people found

Understand:

  • The importance of gathering information about people found
  • What information should be gathered
  • How information should be recorded and communicated
  • The need to consider data protection

Search plan co-ordination and communication

Understand:

  • The benefits of co-ordinating and communicating the search plan
  • The impact of survival guidance on people
  • The benefits of co-ordination and communication between the incident ground and the fire control room
  • The benefits of establishing a search sector and its role
  • The importance of cross-checking the records of people located or rescued against the records of missing people

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Share and exchange information gathered about missing people with emergency responders and the fire control room

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Share and exchange the information gathered about missing people to update emergency responders and the fire control room
  • Be aware that information may change or be added to throughout the incident

Implement a co-ordination process for survival guidance being given by the fire control room

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Co-ordinate survival guidance with the fire control room
  • Be prepared to review the search plan based on the survival guidance being provided

Use the information gathered to develop and communicate a co-ordinated search plan

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Gather relevant information
  • Develop a co-ordinated search plan
  • Communicate details of the search plan to relevant personnel

Consider establishing a search sector with a search sector commander

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish a search sector
  • Ensure the search sector commander appropriately manages and uses information received

Liaise and co-ordinate activity with other emergency responders, including police search advisers (PolSA)

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Liaise with other emergency responders
  • Co-ordinate search activity with other emergency responders
  • Adopt the JESIP Joint Doctrine principles

Record and appropriately share information about people found with emergency responders and relevant control rooms

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately share, exchange and record information about people found
  • Adhere to data protection requirements

Cross-check records of people found against those of people still missing

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support the cross-checking of people found against the details of people missing