Introduction In the following assignment I will be looking at the best way to establish a tactical

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Introduction In the following assignment I will be looking at the best way to establish a tactical search and rescue team. The goal of SAR is to locate, stabilize and extract people in distress. This can be a hiker on the side of a mountain, sailor lost at sea, trapped urban disaster survivor or an Alzheimer's patient wandering city streets. Each area of SAR employs techniques specific to the circumstance. To help you understand search and rescue better you should understand and know the following terminology and definitions. The terminology and definitions is only fraction of what is being used but it is the most important. (howstuffworks.com, 2014) Terminology and Definitions EOC – Emergency Operations Centre, the EOC is responsible…show more content…
Chain of Command – A series of management positions in order of authority. LKP – Last Known Position – The last known location for the missing subject as determined by physical evidence such as a discarded object or a footprint. In the case of an aircraft, the LKP may be the last reported point or the last observed radar position. Mutual Aid Search – A search that is too large scale to be handled by one organization. One or more organizations or groups outside the initial group are called in to assist in the effort. Overhead Team – A highly trained, quick response SAR management team that can respond to assist with search planning, coordination and operations. The overhead team usually consists of a search manager and one or two assistants. PLB – Personal Locator Beacon – The personal version of the “ELT” designed to be carried by a person on foot. It is manually activated. PLS – Point (or Place) Last Seen – The location where the missing subject was actually seen by another person. Rural SAR – A search and rescue mission conducted in an area often given to farming or to woodland and is usually sparsely to moderately populated. Search Manager – The individual "managing" the search operations. Also known as “MSO” for Managing Search Operations or “MLPI” for Managing the Lost Person Incident or “ISAR” for Inland Search and Rescue Specialist or "NSARS" for National Search and Rescue School. Size-up – The rapid

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