Page updated: 30 November 2020
If you're the Incident Controller, you have overall responsibility for the safety of SAR resources. However, people from SAR organisations are also responsible for keeping themselves safe during the Operations stage.
If you're a person from a SAR organisation and you 're involved in Operations, you should be trained to keep yourself safe in the operating environment. You have first responsibility for your own safety.
If you think you don’t have enough training to perform an operating task you've been asked to do, you should inform the Incident Controller and withdraw from the operation.
If you're the Incident Controller, you're responsible for the safety of the SAR resources you have deployed. You need assurance that the resources you are going to deploy are:
You can get this assurance from the service-level agreement between the SAR organisation providing the resource and the coordinating authority. Readiness plans should also contain information about actions that are approved by the coordinating authority, such as when specific SAR resources can be immediately activated, mobilised, and deployed.
As Incident Controller, you should have a plan for the recovery or rescue of SAR resources in case they need help.
Do not deploy SAR resources into water unless a SAR resource capable of rescue is also at the scene.
If the operation is over water and you send aircraft as initial SAR resources, you should also activate resources capable of rescuing those initial SAR resources.
If you deploy a team on land, they need to have enough supplies to survive if: