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Control measure

Primary search: All searches

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Carrying out a primary search

Understand:

  • When a primary search should be used
  • The need for effective communication and clear lines of reporting for safe working when carrying out a primary search
  • The need to react to information received, which may change a search plan and activities
  • The impact of planned or unplanned evacuation on search functions
  • How fire and rescue services can assist with a multi-agency search

Gather information from people leaving the incident

Understand:

  • Why it is important to gather information about people leaving the incident
  • That a cordon may be required to support gathering of information
  • What information should be gathered
  • Pass the information gathered to whoever is co-ordinating the search
  • Assess the condition and requirements of the people leaving the incident
  • Record and appropriately share assessments for the welfare of the individual

Multi-agency search response planning

Understand:

  • How to apply the JESIP Joint Doctrine for multi-agency searches
  • The benefits of joint training and exercises
  • What memoranda of understanding (MoUs) can be invoked

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Liaise with other agencies to prioritise search areas

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Develop and agree on the prioritisation of search area with other agencies

Consider the impacts of evacuation on search efforts, and put in place appropriate controls

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Deploy appropriate resources to co-ordinate activities if evacuation may occur during search activity

Gather information from people leaving the incident to update search co-ordination

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Establish a cordon if required, to ensure information is gathered from people leaving the incident
  • Gather and record appropriate information about the people leaving the incident
  • Pass the information gathered to whoever is co-ordinating the search

Assess the condition of people leaving the incident and consider their medical and welfare needs

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess and record the condition of people leaving the incident
  • Share the information appropriately and in the best interests for the welfare of the individual