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ID
8-508-1215
Name
Waterborne Search and Rescue Team
Status
Published
Updated
12/2/2019 3:31:02 PM
Released
11/07/2017
Description
The Waterborne Search and Rescue (SAR) Team provides SAR capabilities in various inland and coastal waterways
Resource Category
Search and Rescue
Primary Core Capability
Mass Search and Rescue Operations
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Team
Overall Function
The Waterborne SAR Team: 1. Conducts critical response functions, such as life-saving assistance and rapid impact assessments 2. Conducts search, rescue, and recovery operations
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, 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 determines the appropriate number of boats and teams based on operational and mission needs 3. The provider provides transport for personnel and equipment 4. The requestor specifies the type of operating environment and mission for the provider
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Components
Component Notes  
MINIMUM PERSONNEL PER TEAMNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 13
Type 22
Type 32
Type 42
Type 51
MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT PERSONNEL PER TEAMIntended for 12-hour performance capacity. Requestor may add additional Boat Operators based on mission and operational needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51 – National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Boat Operator (SAR)
SUPPORT PERSONNEL PER TEAMIntended for 12-hour performance capability. Requestor may add additional crew members based on mission and operational needs.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1 – NIMS Type 1 Boat Crew Member (SAR)
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41 – NIMS Type 1 Boat Crew Member (SAR)
Type 5Not Specified
Operations Equipment Per Team1. Requestor may add additional boats and crew to the team based on mission and operational needs. 2. Boats must have ventilation systems in accordance with US Coast Guard (USCG)33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 175 and 183 and USCG 46 CFR Part 25. 3. Boats must have a Backfire Flame Arrestor in accordance with USCG 46 CFR Parts 25 and 58. 4. Boats must have a “Discharge of Oil Prohibited” placard and a system or items to prevent oil or oily waste from discharging into any waters in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Parts 151 and 155. 5. Boats must carry safety equipment in compliance with federal regulations.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – Boat Greater than 30 feet long, capable of operating in seas up to 8 feet and 40 knots of wind
Type 21 – Boat 20 to 30 feet long, capable of operating in seas up to 4 feet and 30 knots of wind
Type 31 – Boat For operations in water of 18 inches or more
Type 41 – Boat For operations in water of 18 inches or less
Type 51 – Boat For operations in special conditions, such as air boat, hovercraft, and swamp buggy
Illumination and Warning Equipment Per BoatBoats must have navigation lights and sound producing devices in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Part 183.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51 – Flashlight 1 – Sound producing device
Towing Equipment Per BoatThe AHJ determines appropriate mooring and towing lines to fit boats’ capabilities
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1300 feet of towline 4 – Side lines 4 – Fenders 2 – Shackles 1 – Heaving line
Type 2200 feet of towline 4 – Side lines 4 – Fenders 2 – Shackles 1 – Heaving line
Type 3100 feet of towline 2 – Side lines 2 – Fenders
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 5Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-determined towline 2 – Side lines 2 – Fenders
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Equipment Per Team Member1. Equip boats with personal flotation devices (PFD) in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Part 175 2. Recommend equipping boats with anti-exposure coveralls or dry suits when operating in temperatures less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 5Personal Floatation Devices (PFD)
Safety Equipment Per Boat1. Equip boats with visual distress signals in accordance with USCG 33 CFR Part 175.01 2. Equip boats with fire extinguishers in accordance with USCG 46 CFR Part 25 3. Boats must carry safety equipment in accordance with all applicable federal laws and regulations, and any other applicable state, local, tribal, and territorial laws, rules, and regulations
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Type 5Not Specified
Navigation Equipment Per BoatRecommend equipping boats with proper charts and maps, depending on the nature, purpose, and geographic locations of the response.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 41 – Global Positioning System (GPS) Unit
Type 5Not Specified
Communications Equipment Per BoatRadios should have the capability to provide interoperable communication between dispatch center or command personnel, aviation support, and other operational units assigned to the same mission.
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 51 – Very High Frequency (VHF)-FM marine radio (portable or installed)
Electronic Waterway Surveillance Equipment Per BoatNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 11 – Radar unit
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Type 5Not Specified
First Aid Equipment Per BoatNot Specified
Component Types
Type Attribute
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Same as Type 5
Type 5Basic first aid kit
799
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Operator (Search and Rescue)
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Crew Member (Search and Rescue)
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program Manual, Volumes I, II, and III, 2010
NASBLA, Boat Program's Basic Crew Member Course
United States Coast Guard (USCG), Boat Crew Seamanship Manual, COMDTINST M16114.5C, 2003
USCG, A Boater’s Guide to the Federal Requirements for Recreational Boats, 2010
USCG, Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Manual, Volume I, COMDTINST M16114.32C, 2013
USCG 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151: Vessels Carrying Oil, Noxious Liquid Substances, Garbage, Municipal or Commercial Waste, and Ballast Water, latest edition adopted
USCG 33 CFR Part 155: Oil or Hazardous Material Pollution Prevention Regulations for Vessels, latest edition adopted
USCG 33 CFR Part 175: Equipment Requirements, latest edition adopted
USCG 33 CFR Part 183: Boats and Associated Equipment, latest edition adopted
USCG 46 CFR Part 25: Requirements, latest edition adopted
USCG 46 CFR Part 58: Main and Auxiliary Machinery and Related Systems, latest edition adopted