Review of Search and Rescue Response Guidelines to COVID-19.

Robert J. Koester PhD, FRGS School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences, University of Portsmouth dbS Productions UK, USA Email: Abstract COVID-19 has impacted how search and rescue (SAR) teams respond to incidents, conduct operations, provide patient care, and demobilize. This review looks at COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, and risk factors that might affect … Read more

Decontamination of Technical Rope Rescue Equipment in the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic

Ian Greatbatch1 PhD, FRGS, FHEA, MEPS, FICPEM, Ian Allen2 & David G Williams3 MSc, MLitt, DipHEP, PGCE, MEPS3 1School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences, University of Portsmouth, UK. 2CERN, Esplanade des Particules 1, 1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland. 3Edge Hill Business School Edge Hill University, UK. Email: Abstract The SARS-CoV-2 novel human coronavirus, … Read more

Comparing the impact of COVID-19 on Search and Rescue and fire emergency incident responses

Robert J. Koester PhD, FRGS 1,2 Ian Greatbatch PhD, FRGS, FHEA, MEPS, FICPEM 1 School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences, University of Portsmouth, UK 2dbS Productions, UK, USA Email: Abstract The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in stay-at-home orders in many countries. Europe and North America were most affected for during the first wave … Read more

The Paradigm Shift in Search and Rescue Response During the COVID-19 Pandemic in California

Christopher S. Young Contra Costa County Sheriff’ SAR Team Chairman Bay Area Search and Rescue Council (BASARC) Email Abstract On March 4, a State of Emergency was declared followed on March 19, when the Governor of California issued mandatory stay-at-home orders. Prior to the state mandate on March 16, the San Francisco Bay … Read more

Operation Braidwood

David O’Neill FSTR MICPEM Operational Policy & Assurance l UK-ISAR coordinator London Fire Brigade Email Dear Editor, As the Head of the London Fire Brigade’s Technical Rescue, International SAR and Overseas Operations capabilities, I am well drilled in responding to sudden onset disasters and capacity building missions for rising tide events. These challenges … Read more

The Search Intelligence Process

Christopher S. Young Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team Chairman Bay Area Search and Rescue Council (BASARC) USA Email Abstract The Search Intelligence Process of gathering information regarding the missing subject occurs during every search incident. We recognize intelligence information is used to build a subject profile; gather lists of people … Read more

The SAR Planning ‘P’ Process

Scott Wright PhD and Richard Smith President SARVAC, SAR Alberta Canada Email: Abstract The Planning P is a familiar framework to Emergency Management for transitioning from the Initial Response for a more a formalized, structured response. In this presentation a SAR-specific P framework is proposed that retains the simplicity of the OODA Loop … Read more

The U.S. National Search and Rescue School – Inland

Gregory C. Rockwood, Lt Col, USAF USA Email: Abstract The Inland Search and Rescue (SAR) Planning Course is a 5-day course for experienced SAR decision makers and planners taught free of charge across the United States. It presents a broad understanding of inland search theory and its application for air and ground searches … Read more