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Control measure

Request National Resilience resources: Urban search and rescue (USAR)

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

USAR response model

Understand:

  • The structure of the USAR response model
  • How an affected fire and rescue service should request assistance

USAR awareness

Understand:

  • The National Co-ordination Advisory Framework (NCAF)
  • How to access specialist National Resilience capabilities
  • The activities expected to be undertaken prior to the arrival of the USAR response, including establishing the initial location for a:
    • Rendezvous point (RVP)
    • Strategic holding area (SHA)
    • Multi-agency strategic holding area (MASHA)
  • The primary focus and capabilities of USAR responders
  • The equipment used by USAR responders

Information required by NRFC for a group or double group response (response options 4 or 5)

Understand:

  • The information that will be required by the NRFC if USAR assistance is required
  • Whether additional specialist resources may be required

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Establish the quantity and types of resources being provided and identify suitable locations for them

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Follow the USAR response model when requesting National Resilience USAR resources
  • Brief personnel on what National Resilience USAR resources have been requested
  • If required, establish the initial location for a:
    • Rendezvous point (RVP)
    • Strategic holding area (SHA)
    • Multi-agency strategic holding area (MASHA)

Establish the estimated time of arrival for the National Resilience resources

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use the estimated time of arrival provided by the NRFC to determine what level of initial operational response is required

Consider requesting the attendance of other specialist resources

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and request additional specialist resources if required