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Control measure

Lighting: Search and rescue

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Scene lighting

Understand:

  • The benefits of scene lighting on search operations
  • The types of lighting equipment available
  • The capabilities and limitations of lighting equipment
  • The benefits of using National Resilience lighting equipment and how to request it

Indicating hazards and safe routes

Understand:

  • The benefits of using lighting to indicate hazards and safe routes
  • The benefits of using colour-coded lights
  • That a combination of colour-coded lights can be used
  • That the colour-coded lights for water rescue and flood response are different

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Request adequate lighting equipment that is appropriate to the location and hazards of search and rescue operations

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess the requirements for suitable lighting equipment to aid search and rescue
  • Effectively use lighting equipment to assist search and rescue operations

Consider using battery-powered lighting for search and rescue operations

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Determine when it would be better to use battery-powered lighting equipment

Locate generators or vehicles at an appropriate distance from the scene of search and rescue operations

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately locate generator-powered or vehicle-mounted lighting

Anticipate the duration of search and rescue activity to ensure lighting does not fail due to battery life or generator fuel requirements

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Consider battery or fuel requirements for lighting equipment

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

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Request lighting equipment from National Resilience if this would be beneficial

Consider the requirement for ATEX-compliant lighting at search and rescue operations

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure lighting has the appropriate level of ATEX compliance for the atmosphere

Consider the use of colour-coded lighting to indicate the location of hazards or routes at search and rescue operations, and ensure all emergency responders are briefed on their meaning

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Appropriately use colour-coded lighting
  • Ensure all emergency responders understand the colour-coding system for the lighting