Page updated: 30 November 2020
If you're the Incident Controller, you need to have a span of control you can manage.
Coordination brings together response elements and resources to ensure a unified and effective response. Command and control assist with coordination by defining authority between and within organisations.
If you are a manager or leader of SAR resources during a SAR operation, you will have SAR resources reporting to you. The number of SAR resources you have reporting to you is called your span of control.
You need a span of control you can manage. This means you need to be able to perform your search and rescue responsibilities effectively at the same time as managing the SAR resources that are reporting to you.
An appropriate span of control depends on:
If you're the Incident Controller, you need to coordinate the SAR operation effectively. You can also use on-scene coordinators to help you to coordinate operations.
As Incident Controller, you need to be aware of all activity associated with the SAR operation during all stages. This will enable you to coordinate the SAR operation effectively.
All activity needs to be:
No SAR resources should be tasked without your knowledge.
You may need to appoint on-scene coordinators if:
When you appoint on-scene coordinators, you need to fully explain: