Control measure knowledge

Search and rescue incidents may require a multi-agency response and in many cases will require specialist teams. The skills required may need to be sourced from internal resources, other fire and rescue services or external agencies.

Fire and rescue services should have an awareness of National Resilience capabilities that should include an understanding of the arrangements contained in the National Co-ordination Advisory Framework (NCAF). They should also ensure that there are appropriate and current procedures to deal with any related requests.

Specialist resources to support search may include search dogs, UAVs (Drones) USAR, lighting, police teams, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, cave/mountain/mines rescue and other agencies

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Have arrangements with other category 1 and 2 responders for mobilisation and co-operation at search incidents
  • Consider appointing a search co-ordinator to ensure all areas have been systematically searched

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Request adequate resources to enable effective search given the scope and environment of the incident