Page updated: 27 November 2020
Tasking can be pre-planned or planned by the Incident Controller. Specific information is needed before pre-planned tasking can happen.
At a minimum, your organisation’s pre-planned tasking at the Initial Action stage should include:
A Coastguard vessel is deployed and tasked to travel to a subject's most probable position. The subject is a vessel in distress, and it is reported to be sinking. On arrival, the crew of the Coastguard vessel need to report observations to the Incident Control Point.
A rescue helicopter with a winch is deployed. The helicopter is tasked to travel to a specific surf beach. On arrival, the helicopter crew need to:
A police vehicle is deployed to the end of a road that is known to be a departure point for alpine trampers. On arrival, police need to find out whether a specific vehicle is at that location and report what they find.
Before you carry out pre-planned Initial Action tasking, you need to know:
The Incident Controller should do this at the earliest opportunity and confirm whether or not the pre-planned tasking is appropriate.
SAR resources that are mobilised without being assigned specific tasks are risks to the SAR operation's success.
SAR resources that are mobilised but not tasked can compromise:
If your SAR resource is mobilised, you can only start a SAR task automatically if your SAR organisation's readiness plan says you can. Otherwise, you must:
Before tasking SAR resources, the Incident Controller needs to:
If an urgent response is needed, Incident Controllers may have to develop a SAR plan during Initial Action with limited support from the Incident Management Team. This is because the Incident Controller may not have time to assemble a full Incident Management Team.
If you're an Incident Controller and you have limited time and resources, you can record information in a different format to formal SAR documentation. For example, you might create an audio recording instead of a text record. However, you should change your records into a text format at the earliest opportunity so that others involved in the SAR operation can access them easily.
If you're an Incident Controller, you need to plan tasks that will contribute to meeting the SAR operation's aim and objectives.
When you plan tasks, you need to make sure that:
You must keep in mind: