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ID
8-509-1185
Name
Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Technician - Animal Rescue Specialist
Status
Published
Updated
1/8/2019 11:50:01 AM
Released
11/07/2017
Resource Category
Search and Rescue
Primary Core Capability
Mass Search and Rescue Operations
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue (SAR) Technician – Animal Rescue Specialist performs search, rescue, and recovery of animals in various water environments and provides basic medical care to small animals
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The SAR Technician – Animal Rescue Specialist: 1. Provides animal rescue and basic medical care to small animals 2. Performs search, rescue, and recovery in: a. Water environments including stillwater, stillwater/flood, swiftwater, swiftwater/flood b. Shore, water, and boat-based rescue c. Situations involving human and animal rescue 3. Provides medical care to include Basic Life Support (BLS) 4. Reports to a Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team Leader, if applicable 5. Operates within the Incident Command System (ICS), in a specialized position within the Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team 6. Provides: a. Safety of self and team members b. Medical care of self, team members, and subjects 7. Coordinates with ground vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft for support, transportation, and evacuation 8. Operates in environments with and without infrastructure, including those affected by disasters and terrorism; with compromised access to roadways, utilities, and transportation; and with limited availability of shelter, food, and water
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingIdentified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of all training for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Swiftwater/Flood SAR Technician, PLUS: 1. Animal rescue course consistent with discipline and deployment environment 2. Animal rescue behavior course consistent with discipline and deployment environment 3. Animal first aid
ExperienceThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006: Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, and NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents address additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of Swiftwater/Flood SAR Technician – Animal Rescue Specialist Position Task Books (PTB), or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation
Physical/Medical FitnessNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Performs duties under arduous circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time 2. Meets minimum physical fitness and swimming standards, in accordance with the AHJ’s Job Related Physical Ability Test (JRPAT) 3. Maintains AHJ-determined physical fitness standards suitable for the environment and typing; NFPA 1582 Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments meets or exceeds this physical fitness standard 4. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended adult immunization schedule for the United States of America
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within past 12 months; sex-offender registry check; and a local, state, and a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Annual refresher of related SAR skills and abilities in water environments 2. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, participation in exercise, drill, or simulation once every three years or as the AHJ determines 3. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsThe AHJ determines the emergency medical certifications the technician needs to meet the minimum criteria, which can include first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and BLS.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1AHJ-required BLS-level medical care certification or recertification
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Technician
FEMA, NIMS 509: Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Emergency Medical Technician
ASTM International (ASTM) F2890: Standard Guide for Hazard Awareness for Search and Rescue Personnel, 2012
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006-2013: Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, 2013
NFPA 1582-2013: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, 2013
NFPA 1670-2014: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, 2014
NFPA 1983-2012: Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, 2012
National Search and Rescue Committee, Catastrophic Incident Search and Rescue (CISAR) Addendum to the National Search and Rescue Supplement to the International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue Manual, v. 3, June 2012
National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG), National Incident Management System Wildland Fire Qualification System Guide, PMS 310-1, Physical Fitness Levels, October 2016
Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.146: Permit-Required Confined Spaces, latest edition adopted