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FA-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE

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FA-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE

Name of Community, VT Emergency Operations Plan

FA-9 SEARCH AND RESCUE

    Co-Primary Agency: (Examples) Police Department

     Fire Department

    Support Agencies: (Examples) EMD

    Town Administrator

    Road commissioner

    EMS

State Support Function: SSF9 Search & Rescue (Vermont State Police)

I. Introduction

    A. Purpose

    To provide assistance in all activities associated with Search and Rescue operations. To coordinate

    the integration of personnel and equipment resources.

II. Concept of Operations

    A. General

    FA-9, Search and Rescue, manages and coordinates the response of local search and rescue

    resources in response to any incident involving search and rescue operations. These include, but

    are not limited to, aircraft, collapsed buildings, urban, water and woodlands incidents.

    B. Organization

    The organization structure of this FA is shown in Figure 9-1

     FA-9 OPERATIONS Police & Fire Departments

    EMD Town Administrator Road commissioner EMS

    Figure 9-1

    C. Notification and Activation

    During normal office hours, the EMD will initiate activation of this FA.

    During non-office hours, initial notification will normally be made by the local dispatch center.

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Notification and activation of designated personnel and resources will be the responsibility of the

    responding agencies.

D. Emergency Response Actions

The Police and/or Fire Department will be responsible for the following:

    ? Assign an FA-9 representative to report to the local EOC as soon as possible after

    notification of FA-9 activation.

    ? The FA-9 representative will ensure that communication links are established with

    local or field command and control elements, and other primary and support agencies.

    ? Determine initial and ongoing activities and damage assessment through established

    intelligence gathering procedures. Provide this information to FA-5, Emergency

    Management, personnel for dissemination.

    ? Maintain complete logs of actions taken, resource requirements, and other activities.

E. Recovery Actions

When it is determined that the emergency conditions have stabilized or are improving, the EMD

    shall determine the requirements to sustain the recovery efforts. Factors to be considered, but not

    limited to, are:

    ? Identify specific areas that would sustain recovery efforts.

    ? Mobilization needs for resources, personnel and equipment.

    ? Determine transportation and traffic control requirements.

    ? Determine the coordination capabilities between local, state and federal officials to

    initiate recovery efforts.

F. Deactivation

Upon declaration at the local EOC that the activities and services of FA-9 are no longer needed,

    the EMD will have all active FA-9 entities terminate their actions and activities via smooth

    turnover to appropriate pre-incident organizations and agencies.

    III. Roles and Responsibilities

     The Police Department will:

    ? Coordinate with Fire Department to conduct search and rescue operations

    ? Collect and maintain the following FA status information and coordinate with FA-5,

    Emergency Management, to ensure inclusion into the situation report.

     1. Number of victim rescues attempted and completed

     2. Status of rescue operations

     3. Unmet needs

     4. Allocated and requested Search and Rescue Resources

     5. Staffing and resource shortfalls

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    ? Provide for after hours dispatching, issue warnings information to other primary agencies,

    and provide aerial search and rescue support as needed

    ? Coordinate with FA-4, Fire Fighting, to provide manpower, equipment and technical

    assistance for large-scale search and rescue efforts in the appropriate setting

    ? Coordinate with FA-8, Health and Medical, to ensure the proper health and safety of local

    officials. Provide dissemination of protective actions in regards to public health, and

    provide proper guidance for sanitation measures involving food & water

? Advise Vermont State Police of any Search & Rescue event.

? Provide investigative services in missing persons cases

The Fire Department/EMS will:

    ? Coordinate with the Police Department to conduct search & rescue operations

    ? Provide manpower, equipment and technical assistance for large-scale search and rescue

    efforts in the appropriate setting

    ? Coordinate the provision of resources to local and state search and rescue operations

? Provide medical assistance in search missions

    ? Collect and maintain the following FA status information and coordinate with FA-5,

    Emergency Management, to ensure inclusion into the situation report.

     1. Number of victim rescues attempted and completed

     2. Status of rescue operations

     3. Unmet needs

     4. Allocated and requested Search and Rescue Resources

     5. Staffing and resource shortfalls

? Advised VEM of any Search & Rescue event.

The EMD will:

? Provide assistance in search missions

    ? Provide direction and control at the Emergency Operations Center

The Town Administrator will:

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    ? Coordinate public notification and announcements

    The Road Commissioner will:

    ? Provide search and rescue support through equipment and personnel

    IV. References

    A. Standard Operating Procedures/Guides (SOPs/SOGs)

    Community Fire Department Standard Operating Procedures

    Community Police Department Standard Operating Procedures

    B. Interagency Agreements/Compacts/Mutual Aid Agreements

    Police Mutual Aid Agreements with surrounding communities

    any Special Operations Unit

    V. Attachments

    A. Forms

    See Appendix F at the end of this EOP

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