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Use BA guidelines

TRAINING SPECIFICATION

Knowledge and understanding

Foundation element Learning outcome

Using BA guidelines

Understand:

  • The rationale for using BA guidelines
  • The purpose of BA guidelines
  • The purpose of a personal line
  • How the design of BA guidelines can assist navigation of BA teams

Laying BA guidelines

Understand:

  • The role of the BA guideline laying team
  • The roles of additional BA guideline support teams
  • The method of designating BA main guidelines
  • The methods of securing a BA guideline, in the following circumstances:
    • Along a straight route
    • Up/down stairs and ladders
    • Around hazardous areas
    • In large compartments
  • The number of main guidelines that can be laid along a search route
  • The methods of minimising the potential for cross over of BA guidelines
  • The considerations and process prior to extending a BA guideline
  • The method of extending a BA guideline

Searching off BA guidelines

Understand:

  • The procedure to be adopted when BA teams meet, when searching off a BA guideline
  • The methods of traversing a BA guideline
  • The methods of searching off a guideline

Using branch guidelines

Understand:

  • The circumstances where branch guidelines may be considered for use
  • The procedure for using branch guidelines
  • The method of designating branch guidelines
  • The method of attaching a branch guideline to a main guideline

Practical application

Foundation element Learning outcome

Use BA guidelines

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use BA guidelines in various environments
  • Use the accepted method to identify the route to and away from risk areas, using guidelines

Lay BA guidelines

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform the role of BA guideline laying team member
  • Use appropriate techniques and procedures to co-ordinate BA guideline laying with the activities of BA guideline support teams
  • Select the correct BA main guideline according to the designated tally
  • Use appropriate techniques and procedures to secure a BA guideline, in the following circumstances:
    • along a straight route
    • up/down stairs and ladders
    • around hazardous areas
    • in large compartments
  • Identify and report circumstances when laying guidelines, which may be hazardous for subsequent BA search teams
  • Use appropriate techniques and procedures to minimise the potential for cross over of BA guidelines
  • Use appropriate techniques and procedures for extending a BA guideline

Search off BA guidelines

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Perform the role of BA guideline search team member
  • Use appropriate procedures to be adopted when BA teams meet, when searching off a BA guideline
  • Use appropriate methods and procedures when traversing a BA guideline
  • Use appropriate procedures and techniques to perform search operations off a guideline

Use branch guidelines

Demonstrate the ability to:

  • Use appropriate procedures and techniques to perform search operations off a branch guideline
  • Select the correct BA branch guideline according to the designated tally
  • Use appropriate methods and techniques to attach a branch guideline to a main guideline