Search and Rescue

Average Maximum Detection Range or (AMDR) is used to ensure that search objects are placed at a great enough lateral range. It estimates object delectably. Like my AMDR was 237.667 paces. When finding your AMDR the object should resemble something, track your paces, travel clockwise around the object. AMDR is the average distance paces from witch the object is detectable.

Preparing before every SAR event is important. Some questions to ask yourself before you leave is Do I have the right equipment? Is my equipment organized and ready to go? Am I mentally and physically ready for a SAR event? If you answered “Yes,” to all of these questions than you are ready to go. When the first notice of a missing person is filed find the level of urgency by asking these questions. Is there a problem? How sever is the problem? Where is the problem? Who is evolved? How did it happen? When did it happen? After these questions are asked you should be even closer to finding the missing person. In a SAR event you should know your meeting location, the name of the person your checking in with and the equipment needed.

Debriefing is information delivered from SAR personnel leadership. When writing a summery include description of area’s searched, Average Maximum Detection Range, Overall description of search quality, Speed of search terms, and actual time spent searching. Not including breaks. Some other things to write down is location of clues and any evidence, any terrain features, hardships casing search problems, and recommendations. After briefing SAR personnel are demobilized. SAR management is responsible for the safety of personnel until they get home. Begin preparing for the next SAR operation. Sign all the required paper work and make a list of all the gear that needs replacement. Than remind yourself if you need to replace your gear used, replace broken gear and return borrowed gear. In personnel missions record the time and date of the mission activity, Record organization, responsibilities, positions held and get then get the team leader to sign this mission log entry for verification. That help prove my experience level for leadership roles. SAR missions must critique their performances. Mistakes need to be corrected. Each individual must critique their own performance by answering these questions. Did you have the right gear? Did you mobilize fast enough? Do you need to learn new skills? If you answered “Yes” to all these questions than you need to learn those new skills. When rescuing a person remember LAST. Locating subject, Accessing subject, Stabilizing subject, and Transporting subject. When you find the missing person find the trauma level. If their injured and it’s life threatening they should be your first priority. If they are injured but it is not life threatening that they should be at least you second priority. And if they have injuries but they can walk it off than they should be at least your third priority. Litter is to make a place with a large number of objects left lying about. There are different ways to litter. One way is improvised litter where you insert sturdy branches into a big jacket to protect you. Then there is the Basket style litter. It kinda looks like an emery board. Than last but not least the Wrap-around littler. Then their were knots. Like the bend where two ropes are ties together. There is also the hitch where the rope is tied to a fixed object. Technical rope rescues require lots and lots of training.


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