SAR Fundamentals/Briefing debriefing


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Addresses part of CSA Z1625
  • part of 4.9.3 Activation (call-out), check-in, and initial briefing
    • part of L3. Identify the type of information covered in deployment and initial briefings.
      partial: initial briefing (not deployment)
    • part of T6. Types of information covered in deployment and initial briefings.
      partial: initial briefing (not deployment)
  • part of 4.9.4 Assignments
    • L2. Outline the components of an assignment briefing.
    • L4. Outline recording and reporting requirements for assignments.
    • T2. Components of an assignment briefing, including situation, mission, execution, administration, command, and communications (SMEAC).
    • T4. Recording and reporting requirements (e.g., note taking, periodic call-in, clues/subject located) related to the implementation of search assignments.
  • ICS 204 form ~ Team Assignment Sheet ~ Briefing checklist
SAR Fundamentals Manual: Appendix D "Briefing and Debriefing Checklists"
Suprisingly this subject does not appear to be covered in the SAR Basics manual

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At the conclusion of this lesson the participants will be able to

  1. Identify the type of information covered in initial briefings.
  2. Outline the components of an assignment briefing.
  3. Outline recording and reporting requirements for assignments.
  4. what information they should have at the start of their task and how to get it.
  5. what information they should provide at the end of their task.

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Total Time: 30 minutes

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3 min


Introduce topic title

Introduce Instructor

Present Objectives

  • Hand out sheets


1 min

  • What is a briefing


2 min


    • military
    • helps us to make sure we don't miss things
    • organizes and simplifies a bunch of details
    • break it out


1 min


    • Situation - What is happening? Who/what are we looking for? Map? Weather? Hazards?


1 min


    • Mission - What are you being asked to accomplish. What the end goal is.


1 min


    • Execution - Who? How?


1 min

Administration and Logistics

    • Administration and Logistics - Rules of operation, Support


1 min

Command and Communications

    • Command and Communications - Key People, Ways to communicate


1 min

General vs Assignment Briefing

  • Mission & Execution are specific to the Task Assignment
  • Rest are common and evolve over time


5 min

General Briefing

  • Situation, Administration and Logistics, Command and Control -> General Briefing
    • Whiteboard
    • Verbally, by Plans Section Chief
    • take notes
    • Briefing Handout
    • Walk through using example (Jim Craddock) have students supply the information
    • include back side


5 min

  • Mission & Execution -> Task Assignment Briefing
    • Task Assignment Handout
    • Verbally, by Operations Section Chief
    • copy to searchers, copy stays at Command Post
    • Walk through using example, (Type 1 search exercise on first weekend)
  • ICS 204


2 min


  • note taking
  • periodic call-in
  • when locate clues or subject ...


5 min


  • Why debrief?
    • plan next steps by understand what was done, what couldn't accomplish
    • make sure clues are followed up on
    • build a better picture of the region for future assignments
    • address and follow up on safety issues
    • capture recommendations from searchers (experts on the segment)
  • Debriefer
    • typically Plans Section Chief, or other overhead
    • verbally, with written records
  • Debriefing form
    • Walk through using example, (Type 2 search exercise on first weekend)


1 min


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