Measuring the quality of the search activity

Duffy, P & Plater, I Abstract As Search & Rescue practitioners and trainers delivering to experienced full-time and volunteer searchers, a subject discussed with those who have been responsible for the coordination, management, or command and control of lost and missing person incidents is how do we measure the quality of the search activity … Read more


Volume 7, issue 1 Greatbatch, I Welcome to Issue 1 of the 7th Volume of the Journal of Search and Rescue. Readers will have noticed, in the previous pages, that this issue contains for the first time a list of ourcorporate partnerships and affiliations. In the last issue, we announced our partnership with the Institute … Read more

Incorporating Ocean-Borne Debris Information into Search Object Location Distributions

Stone, LD, Van Gurley, J & Frost JR Abstract This paper presents a method for incorporating information from waterborne debris that has been recovered at a known time and place into the object location distribution. The method involves calculating a likelihood function which can be combined with the prior distribution on the location of … Read more

The Search Intelligence Process Using Artificial Intelligence

Young, S, Kurfess, F & Bloom, G Abstract Intelligence is a process by which certain types of information/data are aquired or requested by those directing a missing person incident. The process continues by rallying teams of resources to collect, process and exploit, analyze and produce useful information that can then be disseminated and integrated … Read more

The Value of Searching by Voice in LandSAR

Costigan, R Abstract This study is concerned with off-track foot searching for a missing person (MP) who is presumed wanting to be found and who is by nature responsive.Such searching is done predominantly by sight, calling and listening. Search methods that maximise emphasis on detection by sight are usually called Line or Grid Searching. … Read more

Comparing Insole Length with Outsole Measurements

Speiden, R & Serrano, JM Abstract SAR resources, including visual trackers, conduct missions for thousands of missing persons every year. These missing persons, who may be wearing footwear, usually own additional pairs. To aid with track interpretation and possibly expedite finding the person, trackers can glean useful information from the other samples.Relationships between footwear … Read more

Quick Release Harnesses; Loads on a High Line

Allfree, S, Collins, L & Onions,C Abstract This study examines the loads associated with positioning a Rescuer on a Quick Release Harness (QRH) on a high line in moving water. Testing was conducted at water speeds of 0.6 – 2.4m/s, typical of those encountered during water related rescues. A Rescue Randy Combat Challenge Manikin … Read more

A review of the leadership and management culture and practices in a UK Search and Rescue Charity

MacAuley, A. PGCert MCPara MInSTR MICPEMRetired Chair of Trustees (2015-2023) and Life Member, West Mercia Search and Rescue. (Contact via LinkedIn) This is a non peer-reviewed Letter to the Editor. Abstract West Mercia Search and Rescue (WMSAR) is a UK registered charity which provides a team of personnel to assist the emergency services with … Read more

Phases of a Rescue Organisation

Editorial by Greatbatch, I (Not peer reviewed) Introduction As a result of my research and day job, I speak to volunteers and professionals in theSAR and emergency sectors daily and hear frequent tales of practitioners commonlygoing the extra mile, performing heroic rescues, working with their communities tomake them safer and working far beyond what they … Read more