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== Critique notes ==
== Critique notes ==
* [[/2009-05-05]] : Mock search, Anderson search
* [[/2009-05-05]] : Mock search, Anderson search
* [[/2010-03-21]] : Avalanche, Mock Search

Revision as of 23:41, 23 March 2010

Critiques are one of the most effective ways PC SAR has to improve the manner in which it works. The purpose of a critique is not to be critical but to share an understanding of what worked well and what could be improved.

PC SAR performs a critique after all but minor incidents.

Our preference is to use a SAR Manager that was not involved in the incident to give an unbiased chairing of the critique.


  • Prepare for the meeting
  • Pick a time (Tuesday evening?) when most participants in the search are available.
  • book a room (FireHall, MDMeetingRoom)
  • Announce by e-mail or call-out.
  • Have someone (usually the last Search Manager involved) draft a 1 page summary of the incident. (see IncidentSummaryFormTask)
  • Invite the tasking agency and other organizations we worked with to send a representative. Many SAR groups are listed at:
  • Decide whether snacks are needed and arrange them.
  • Collect suggestions from those members that can't attend.

Your effort: 1 hr

  • Chair the meeting.
  • Ask someone to take detailed notes.
  • Sample agenda (usually there is not enough time for all of these items; focus on the important ones)
    • introductions
    • sign in (to the critique)
    • confidentiality
    • brief report from person in charge of post op activities (last search manager?) re expenses, lost and found, work needing doing, etc.
    • what a critique is
      • understanding
      • learning, improvement
      • suggestions, ideas
      • how suggestions will be distributed
      • committees that will make decisions on suggestions
    • incident summary (from draft 1-page report)
    • functional areas of incident
      • first notification / tasking
      • call-out
      • investigation
      • communications
      • resources
      • family liaison
      • (de)briefing
      • searching
      • extrication
      • stand down
      • CISM
      • prevention, public education
      • travel
      • logistics
      • planning
      • media
      • post ops
      • learning (critique, exercise goals/techniques)
    • round table (anyone have points that they need to bring up that wasn't already mentioned)

Your effort: 1.5 hrs

  • Report
    • Edit the incident summary to include information that came out in the critique.
    • Sort and write up the suggestions (we have examples of this). See PCSAR Doc-97 on [1]
    • Assign suggestions to be reviewed by PC SAR board, PC SAR preplan committee, PC SAR equipment committee, PC SAR call out committee or one of our partner organizations.
  • Forward your report to each group.
  • Send the sign-in list from the critique to the Membership Coordinator.

Your effort: 2.5 hrs.

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