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ID
8-509-1255
Name
Boat Operator (Search and Rescue)
Status
Published
Version
1.6
Updated
3/10/2021 10:11:38 AM
Original Release
03/09/2021
Last Major Release
03/10/2021
Resource Category
Search and Rescue
Primary Core Capability
Mass Search and Rescue Operations
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Boat Operator (Search and Rescue [SAR]) responds to water-based SAR missions and is responsible for the safety of crew and passengers.
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Stillwater/Flood SAR Team or Waterborne SAR Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The Boat Operator (SAR): 1. Responds to water-based SAR missions from a boat 2. Serves as the senior crew member 3. Maintains responsibility for the safety and conduct of crew and passengers, safe operation/navigation of the boat and completion of missions
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASTM International (ASTM) or equivalent water-based SAR training program that the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) has verified and that covers the following position-specific skills and aptitudes: a. Job performance guidelines outlined in NFPA 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, or equivalent b. Executing launch and recovery in stillwater/flood settings c. Recognizing moving water characteristics and hazards d. Recognizing vessel limitations, hull damage and watertight integrity e. Making over ground, power turns f. Closing/bearing away g. Coming alongside moving vessels; understanding suction effects h. Capsize avoidance and recovery i. Use of loaded lines j. In-tandem boat operations—side by side, moving a line, survivor/crew/equipment transfer k. Towing and being towed, including length of tow lines, positioning, passing a tow line, using a bridle, towing alongside and casting off a tow line l. Approaching, righting and dealing with entrapments from capsized vessels m. Awareness of rescue from vehicles n. Rescues from shore o. Mass evacuation p. Helicopter rescue procedures q. Night operations r. Use, care, inspection and maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), tools, devices and equipment specific to this position s. Use of GPS, maps and compass; navigation on water t. Boat handling skills u. SAR operations from powered craft v. AHJ-approved boater safety course
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of Boat Operator (SAR) 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 11. Arduous 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's (CDC) immunization recommendations
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within the past 12 months; a sex-offender registry check; and a local, state and national driving and 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, exercise, drill or simulation at least once every three years 3. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires 4. Keeps immunizations up to date and commensurate with mission assignment
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not 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.
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Stillwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Waterborne Search and Rescue Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Crew Member (Search and Rescue)
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, October 2019
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006: Standard for Technical Rescue Personnel Professional Qualifications, latest edition adopted
NFPA 1582: Standard on Comprehensive Occupational Medical Program for Fire Departments, latest edition adopted
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders, United States, latest edition adopted