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Control measure

Outdoor searches for a missing person

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Control measure element Learning outcome

Information gathering

Understand:

  • The type of information that may assist with the search
  • How information can be used to assist with the search

Communication

Understand:

  • The potential limitations of communication between:
    • Personnel
    • Other agencies
    • Specialist resources
  • The need for contingency arrangements for communication

Practical application

Control measure element Learning outcome

Gather information about the location of outdoor hazards, including physical features or activities that take place in the search area

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Gather information from appropriate sources

Liaise with landowners who manage land to gain an understanding of hazardous features or activities in the outdoor search area

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and liaise with landowners

Ensure personnel and other emergency responders are made aware of any hazardous features or activities in the outdoor search area

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Brief emergency responders about hazards in the search area

Ensure that communications are maintained when carrying out outdoor searches, and consider putting contingency arrangements in place

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Ensure there are reliable communication methods available
  • Establish contingency arrangements of communication
  • Implement contingency arrangements for communication if required

Consider requesting specialist resources to assist with outdoor searches

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use information gathered to determine if specialist resources are required

Continually monitor the location of personnel when searching outdoors, especially if this involves wide-area searches

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use appropriate communication methods to monitor the location of personnel