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Control measure

Effective search management

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Areas requiring search

Understand:

  • 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)

Planning

Understand:

  • Sources of information for planning
  • How to co-ordinate an effective search plan by:
    • Allocating tasks
    • Briefing personnel
    • Using appropriate visual aids for briefing
  • The appropriate use of search phases

Defining the search area

Understand:

  • How to define and subdivide the search area
  • What factors may influence search operations
  • The importance of briefing and confirmation of understanding
  • The need for search teams to provide regular updates
  • The need to constantly review the search plan

Areas that have been searched

Understand:

  • The importance of  live information sharing about progress against objectives
  • The need to record details of the areas searched
  • The need to brief search teams on the areas yet to be searched and their priority
  • The sources of information that should be managed
  • That a missing person may be avoiding being found

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

Brief search teams on search plan, search area and casualty information

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and communicate the area of operations to relevant people
  • Brief search teams of relevant information and confirm understanding

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

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Liaise with other emergency responders

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

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish and manage a central search command point if required
  • Attend a central search command point that has been established by the police if required

Consider establishing a forward control point (FCP)

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish a forward control point if required, at an appropriate location

Constantly review the search plan based on the progress being made

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Gather information on an ongoing basis to support the review of, and updates to, the search plan
  • Adopt an alternative search phase if required

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

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider various sources of information
  • Record the information gathered

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

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use debriefs to gather and record the activity and outcomes from search teams
  • Ensure incoming search teams are provided with current updates about activity and outcomes