Control measure knowledge

Initial crews will need to gather information from members of the public and liaise with other agencies in attendance.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Ensure all incident commanders are familiar with information sources at search incidents
  • Arrange training and exercising with other agencies

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Confirm and communicate the involvement, num​ber and severity of any casualties (persons or animals)
  • Anticipate casualty condition and potential survivability given the environmental situation
  • Identify number and last known position (LKP) of any occupants in need of rescue or assistance to evacuate
  • Establish the last known position (LKP) or place last seen (PLS) of casualties, including times
  • Establish communications with police search advisors (PolSA) and other responder agencies
  • Develop and communicate a co-ordinated search plan following JESIP principles
  • Identify whether any rescue attempts have been made by onsite rescue teams prior to arrival
  • Question the casualty, other responders and witnesses to understand incident factors and history