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ID
8-509-1192
Name
Land Search and Rescue Team Leader
Status
Published
Version
1.5
Updated
5/22/2020 11:08:24 AM
Original Release
11/07/2017
Last Major Release
05/22/2020
Resource Category
Search and Rescue
Primary Core Capability
Mass Search and Rescue Operations
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Land Search and Rescue (SAR) Team Leader provides general leadership, direct supervision, wellness, and safety of the team members
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Land 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 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Performs search, rescue, and recovery in: 1. Wilderness environments: Areas beyond a trailhead or eyesight distance of a backcountry two-wheel drive (2WD) road (approximately 200 feet) OR anywhere compromised local infrastructure experiences wilderness-type conditions, such as remoteness from public infrastructure support services; poor to no medical services or potable water; or compromised public safety buildings or communications systems 2. Weather conditions including snow flurries and slippery ice surfaces 3. YDS classes 1-3 terrain
Type 2The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 2 Land SAR Team Leader: 1. Directly supervises NIMS typed Land SAR Team 2. Performs search, rescue, and recovery in: a. Land environments: Areas located within, or immediately next to, urban boundaries, no further than 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) from a road readily accessible by emergency personnel, and which may include parks, wild areas, private, state, and municipal lands b. Weather conditions not including snow or slippery ice conditions c. Yosemite Decimal System (YDS) classes 1-2 terrain 3. Operates within the Incident Command System (ICS) in a specialized position on a Land SAR Team 4. Provides first aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 5. Provides: a. Safety of self and team members b. Basic medical care of self, team members, and survivors c. Simple decontamination of self and team members d. Basic ground support capability for helicopter operations 6. Coordinates with ground vehicles, watercraft, and aircraft for support, transportation, and evacuation 7. 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
Type 2Not Specified
TrainingOperational leadership training should be consistent with National Park Service (NPS) or United States Coast Guard (USCG) Operational Leadership training; National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) L-180: Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service; and NWCG L-280: Followership to Leadership or Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-Determined equivalent training.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. All training identified for the NIMS Type 1 Land SAR Technician 2. Operational leadership training in Wilderness environments that meet or exceed the requirements of ASTM International (ASTM) F2685
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. All training identified for the NIMS Type 2 Land SAR Technician 2. All Hazards Team Leader level training or equivalent 3. IS-703: NIMS Resource Management 4. Operational leadership training
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. All knowledge, skills, and abilities for the NIMS Type 1 Land SAR Technician 2. Experience leading wilderness search teams in the field
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 1. All knowledge, skills, and abilities for the NIMS Type 2 Land SAR Technician 2. Knowledge of the EMAC deployment process 3. Knowledge of the capabilities of canine search for land and wilderness environments Experience: Completion of a Land SAR Team Leader Position Task Book (PTB) or equivalent AHJ documentation
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Arduous 2. Meets minimum physical fitness standards, in accordance with the AHJ’s Job Related Physical Ability Test (JRPAT) 3. Maintains AHJ-determined medical fitness suitable for the environment and job requirements 4. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control’s 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 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: This position maintains currency for the NIMS Type 1 Land SAR Technician position
Type 21. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation once every three years or as the AHJ determines 2. This position maintains currency for the NIMS Type 2 Land SAR Technician position 3. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
1351
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Land Search and Rescue Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Land Search and Rescue Technician
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), November 2017
ASTM International (ASTM) F2209-2014: Standard Guide for Training of Level I Land Search Team Member, 2014
ASTM F2685-2014: Standard Guide for Training of a Land Search Team Leader (STL), 2014
ASTM F2751-2009: Standard Guide for Training of Support Level Land Rescue Team Member (LRT-Support) Member, 2009
ASTM F2890-2012: Standard Guide for Hazard Awareness for Search and Rescue Personnel, 2012
ASTM WK45629: Training of Non-Wilderness Land Search Team Member
Mountain Rescue Association (MRA), Policy 105.1: National Personnel Policy Guidelines, 2006
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006: Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, 2013
National Interagency Aviation Committee (NIAC), Interagency Aviation Training Subcommittee, Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) Guide, 2014
National Park Service (NPS) RM-59: National Park Service, Search and Rescue Reference Manual, 2011
Yosemite Decimal System (YDS), Classifications for Terrain
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted