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ID
8-508-1168
Name
Canine Search Team - Water Human Remains
Status
Published
Updated
11/15/2019 4:59:28 PM
Released
11/07/2017
Description
The Canine Search Team – Water Human Remains searches for and detects human remains in and along bodies of water and debris fields.
Resource Category
Search and Rescue
Primary Core Capability
Mass Search and Rescue Operations
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
The Canine Search Team – Water Human Remains: 1. Provides search services for detecting human remains in and along bodies of water and debris fields 2. Provides medical care to include first aid 3. Conducts planning for team-level tactics 4. Provides basic protection of personnel with regard to: a. Safety b. Emergency shelter c. Medical care d. Simple decontamination e. Basic ground support capability for helicopter operations f. Minor repair of personal or team equipment (Incident Logistics Support) 5. Operates in environments with and without infrastructure, including compromised access to roadways, utilities, transportation, and limited availability of shelter, food, and water 6. Does not provide ambulance service, or transport of humans or animals to shelter or other locations
Composition and Ordering Specifications
1. Discuss the following items prior to deployment: a. Communications beyond Intra-team communications, such as programmable inter-operable communications with Command, General Staff, the military and other supporting resources b. Presence of contaminated environments and need for related personal protective equipment (PPE), clothing, and equipment c. Security and force protection needed upon arrival d. Logistics support, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals 2. The requestor should specify mission location and operational environments, such as the presence of failed structures, water, type of terrain, weather, and hazardous materials contamination 3. Requestor should order an adequate number of canine teams based on the physical endurance of the canines, search area, and environmental conditions 4. The requestor should specify the need for additional vehicles, trailers, equipment, or supplies 5. The handler determines duty cycle of the dog based on assignment, environment, terrain, and other factors affecting detection performance 6. The requestor should order separately any additional specialized personnel, such as Advanced Life Support (ALS), medical, animal, logistics, advisors, or helicopter support
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 12
Type 22
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMThe requestor may need to order this resource in conjunction with a National Incident Management System (NIMS) typed Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team, which would provide oversight.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – NIMS Type 1 Canine Search Specialist – Water Human Remains, with canine 1 – NIMS Type 1 Swiftwater/Flood SAR Technician
Type 21 – NIMS Type 2 Canine Search Specialist – Water Human Remains, with canine 1 – NIMS Type 1 Land SAR Technician or NIMS Type 2 Swiftwater/Flood SAR Technician
Minimum Environment Per TeamNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Swiftwater/Flood
Type 2Stillwater/Flood
Search and Rescue Capability Per TeamNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Searches for and detects human remains scent in and along bodies of swiftwater and swiftwater/flood
Type 2Searches for and detects the scent of human remains in and along bodies of stillwater and stillwater/flood
General Function Equipment Per TeamNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Equipment consistent with this resource’s capabilities and needs to include the following: 1. Access and search 2. Ground support for air operations 3. Base and spike camp
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Equipment Per Team Member46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 160 Lifesaving Equipment addresses PFDs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Water rescue helmet 2. Class 5 whitewater vest/PFD
Type 2Minimum PPE consistent with this resource’s capabilities and needs, including: 1. Helmet 2. Headlamp and batteries 3. Eye protection 4. Hearing protection 5. Uniform / protective clothing 6. Gloves 7. Appropriate footwear 8. Class 3 whitewater vest/personal flotation device (PFD) 9. Field pack as needed 10. Personal medical kit 11. Survival kit 12. Foul weather clothing 13. Canine PPE 14. Throw rope
Communications Equipment Per Team Member1. Intra-team and inter-team communications should be consistent with National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG). 2. Consider alternate forms of communication, such as satellite phones, based on the mission assignment and team needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Portable and mobile intra-team communications 2. Portable radios with ground to air capability 3. Charger for devices 4. Handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) units 5. Two-way handheld radios 6. Mobile phones
TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Water transportation is the responsibility of a Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team
Type 2If water-based transportation is necessary, it is the responsibility of a Swiftwater/Flood SAR Team
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Canine Search Specialist – Water Human Remains
FEMA, NIMS 509: Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Technician
FEMA, NIMS 508: Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team
FEMA, NIMS 509-8: Land Search and Rescue Technician
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC), National Interoperability Field Operations Guide (NIFOG), v. 1.5, 2014
United States Coast Guard (USCG)46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 160: Lifesaving Equipment, latest edition adopted