User:Brett Wuth/Working Notes/2012-12-01 leadership training


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  • Brett Wuth

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  • working with other SAR groups
  • working with other agencies
  • merging field teams

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  • Critiques/2010-08-24/Sug21
    • General training - every team needs a leader.
    • Renew training for all members, including senior members, that whenever together must identify a team leader.
  • Critiques/2010-08-24/Sug10
    • clarify roles and command structure/hierarchy when several agencies are involved in/responding to the same incident.
  • Critiques/2009-05-05/Sug3
    • Merging teams can cause confusion in command/reporting structure. Suggest clear language of merging vs. working together. Suggest switch to single FRS channel for new team.
    • need clear language of team designations, designation of combined team
    • need clear designation of combined team leader
    • overhead team can make effort to always have team leader designated
    • can practice developing leadership

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  • will demonstrate the ability to
    • call for clarity of leadership
    • assume leadership
    • resolve issues of leadership between themselves and others
    • hand-off leadership

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3 min

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present outline of ICS org structure

  • Inicident Commander
  • Operations Section Chief
  • Planning Section Chief
  • Logistics Section Chief
  • Finance/Admin Section Chief
  • Ground Search Team Unit (Leader, Members)
  • Call Out Team
  • Agency Executive

When position is not filled, the next position up does the job.

  • May not be enough work for a dedicated person
  • May not be enough people yet
  • Expand and collapse as needed


Sunday morning May 19, 2013, Victoria Day weekend, Beautiful weekend.

PCSAR gets a call from RCMP upon a report of a 5-year girl missing from a random campsite on the Carbondale river.

PCSAR is tasked. A search manager is in charge. Call-out has been activated for ground searchers, quads, and road vehicles.

Who do you report to?

  • when requested
  • when signed in
  • when assigned field task
  • when debriefed
  • when available for reassignment
  • when released, returning home


  • everybody reports to somebody
  • everybody report to only one person -- Unity of Command
  • everyone on the incident reports up the chain eventually to the same person - Chain of Command


  • Efficiency in an emergency

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Copyright © 2012, Brett Wuth. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 Canada License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.

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  • Should always know "Who am I reporting to?"
    • If don't know, ask.
    • Report to only one person -- Unity of Command
      • not two different people or two different organizations, two different branches
      • not to both your team leader and your team leader's leader
        • give examples using ICS chart
      • "Am I reporting to you and no longer to ... ?" "I need to get a message to ... that I'm not longer reporting to that person."
    • No one knows who you report to.
      • "Who do you report to?" Follow the chain up until you find someone that can tell you who you should report to.
  • If all you find are people that don't know who they themselves report to ...
    • No chain of command
    • Have you tried using radio / phone to contact more senior personnel?
    • Ultimately need to organize yourselves
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