Effects of Exertion and Distractions on Search Efficiency in Riverine Search and Rescue (SAR)

Hannah J. Moir, PhD 1, Alex Tasker, PhD 2,3, Christopher C.F. Howe, MSc 1 & Ian Greatbatch, PhD41School of Life Sciences, Pharmacy and Chemistry, Faculty of Health, Science, Social Care & Education, Kingston University, London, UK2The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex, UK3Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences, University College … Read more

How well do we search for missing people in Queensland, Australia?

Jim Whitehead APM M.Emg.Mgt, B.Soc.Sc.1Professor Richard Franklin PhD, FPHAA, FARL,FACTM, MSocSc (Queensland Health), BSc, GCertAustRurLeadership, GradCertEd, MACTM& Dr Tracey Mahony (PhD (Commerce-Marketing), MPA, LLB21 Retired Queensland Police State Search and Rescue Coordinator, Australia2 James Cook University, Australia Email: ssarcoqld@hotmail.com http://dx.doi.org/10.61618/MRRS5497 Abstract Most countries, states or counties have an organised Search and Rescue (SAR) response to … Read more

A Pilot Program Evaluation for a Backcountry Search and Rescue Stress Injury Awareness Course

William Mundo MD, MPH 1, , Zachary Ryan MS2 , Paul Cook PhD3 , & Laura McGladrey PMHNP, FAWM41 Department of Emergency Medicine, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO, USA2 Eldora Ski Patrol, Eldora Mountain Resort, Nederland, CO, USA3 College of Nursing, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO, USAEmail: william.mundo@cuanschutz.edu http://dx.doi.org/10.61618/PWZH1966 Abstract This … Read more

A Truncated Sweep Width Exercise: Obtaining Search PlanningData More Quickly and Comparing Sweep Width Values in Subjectively Similar Environments in Ohio and Pennsylvania

Kenneth B. Chiacchia, PhD 1Donald A. Scelza, MS 2,31Mountaineer Area Rescue Group, Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, Morgantown, W.V.. U.S.A.2Pennsylvania Strike Team 1, Allegheny Mountain Rescue Group, Pittsburgh, Pa. Mountaineer Area Rescue Group3Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, Morgantown, W.V.U.S.A.Email chiacchiakb@gmail.com http://dx.doi.org/10.61618/GNLN7584 Abstract While the effective sweep width (W) method appears to provide accurate, objective probability … Read more

Postmortem submersion intervals in the River Thames

Ian Greatbatch PhD a, David Livingstone b , Gordon Hunter PhD b and Yvonne Saunderson c a School of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK; b Faculty of Science,Engineering and Computing, Kingston University London, UK, c National Health Service, UKEmail: Ian.greatbatch@port.ac.uk http://dx.doi.org/10.61618/PWQK5703 Abstract This paper catalogues a dataset drawn from Metropolitan Police records … Read more

Optimizing Wilderness Search and Rescue: Discovery and Outcome

D. Kim Rossmo PhDSchool of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Texas State University Lorie Velarde MScIrvine Police DepartmentThomas Mahood MScFormerly with Riverside Mountain Rescue UnitUSA Email krossmo@txstate.edu http://dx.doi.org/10.61618/SIIV8474 Abstract This article is a follow-up to a 2019 analysis that applied Bayesian probability techniques to the searchfor a missing hiker in Joshua Tree National Park. In February … Read more

Deriving Objective Probability of Detection for Missing-Person Search: Validating Use of Effective Sweep Width and Associated Mathematical Models

Kenneth B. Chiacchia, PhDHeather E. Houlahan, ABMountaineer Area Rescue GroupAppalachian Search and Rescue ConferenceMorgantown, WVU.S.A.Email kchiacchia@asrc.net http://dx.doi.org/10.61618/NPEN4588 Abstract Effective sweep width (W) promises objective probability of detection (POD) values for guiding missing-person search efforts. However, methods for measuring W produce large uncertainties. Also, models forgenerating POD from W have not been validated for ground-based search. … Read more