2013-02-23 Mock/Critque


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Suggestions coming from the 2013-02-24 critique regarding the 2013-02-23 mock.

Pincher Creek SAR routinely performs a critique after a Search and Rescue incident in order to learn what should be done differently or the same in the next similar incident. Critiques are not about criticism but rather about learning. They are normally chaired by a Search Manager that was not involved in the incident. The suggestions that are brought forward through the critique process are presented in this report.


[edit] Participants

Held during morning of Day 6 of the SAR Fundamentals course. Chaired by Roy Davidson.

[edit] Rough notes

See Notes

[edit] Suggestions

#SuggestionReferred to
0001radios should automatically transmit position to reduce manual radio traffic congestion doing soequipment
0002use more radio channels to reduce radio traffic congestionpreplan
0003no response from CP after subject found (shut down radio)training
0004had good crisp radio traffictraining
0005was good choice of CP location for good radio coveragepreplan
0006new CP radio is better for good radio coverageequipment
0007using "debrief" instead of critique termtraining
0008training in SAR Fund class didn't prep for packagingtraining
0009need more familiarity with equipment and procedure re rescue sleightraining
0010no medical person rode with subject on rescue sleighpreplan
0011identified late that needed attendants on rescue sleigh to help with trailequipment
0012some searcher lights are only good enough for reading, but not searchingtraining
0013PCSAR should have stock pile of lights for searchersequipment
0014searchers should have redundant light sourcetraining
0015PCSAR should have thermal scopeequipment
0016personal GPS was new, didn't know how to use, therefore wasn't usefultraining
0017we need to keep our GPS skills freshtraining
0018Too long radio traffic sending in UTM location. Can we develop a short form?training
0019briefing was rushedpreplan
0020should read briefing handout, will give extra information requiredtraining
0021TL's were good monitoring memberstraining
0022TL should ask early about medical conditions of team memberstraining
0023Team members should self identify medical issuestraining
0024don't be macho about abilities, be honest about limitationstraining
0025should put teams together matched by abilitypreplan
0026Training opportunity was awesometraining
0027scope of experience, capability, practice of non-students was not clear in training exercisetraining
0028good to split up experienced peopletraining
0029was realistic area for mocktraining
0030rabbit switching snowshoes on and off was realistictraining
0031one person in running shoestraining
0032people tired not using searcher cubetraining
0033types of search not clearpreplan
0034lack of consistency of note takingtraining
0035don't be too distracted by radio traffic of other teamstraining
0036scouting worked well during extracationtraining
0037are there liability issues of walking person out, or should we always use stretcherboard
0038subject found lying on ground during winter should consider hypothermic should be gentle movement, requires carrytraining
0039write SAR beside prints to indicate already identifiedtraining
0040take advantage of wait timestraining
0041back door of equipment trailer needs traction matequipment
0042steps in command post need traction matequipment
0043locks on equipment trailer are sometimes difficult to operateequipment
0044good work has been done on command postequipment
0045install orange beacon on roof of CPequipment
0046change out red and blue lenses flashing lights on command postequipment
0047head phones on CP radio are faultyequipment
0048should have ear bud for FRS radios for ghostsequipment
0049stretcher tire is chronically flatequipment
0050All CP notes should be signed and dated; provide standard form to make easierpreplan

[edit] Committee / Organization

The suggestions are being passed on to the indicated organizations/committees for their consideration. We recognize that not all suggestions may be appropriate, and some may already have been implemented.


Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Overall ability of PCSAR to accomplish its mission.
  • Organizational policies
  • Relationships with Tasking Agencies and Fellow Responding Organizations.
  • Financing, budget

suggestions identified: 37

Tasking Agency

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Overall legal responsibility for incident.

Suggestions for the Tasking Agency are passed through the Board.

Fellow Responding Organizations

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Response to incident in accordance with their individual mandate and ability.

Suggestions for fellow responding organizations are passed through the Board.

PCSAR Preplan Committee

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Expertise in search and rescue.
  • Standard Operating Procedures for incidents.
  • Post incident critique, review and follow-up.

suggestions identified: 2, 5, 10, 19, 25, 33, and 50

PCSAR Equipment Committee

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Obtaining and keeping equipment ready.

suggestions identified: 1, 6, 11, 13, 15, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, and 49

PCSAR Call-Out Committee

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Respond to First Call from Tasking Agency
  • Contacting members during an incident.

suggestions identified: none

PCSAR Membership Committee

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Recruiting members.
  • Tracking members contact information, skills and equipment.

suggestions identified: none

PCSAR Training Committee

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Training members.

suggestions identified: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, and 40

PCSAR Technology Committee

Mandate Relevant to Incidents:

  • Technology support

suggestions identified: none

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