Requirements for the Operational Competency Standard (OCS)
This will consist of 5 search areas to be completed over a period of 24hrs – encompassing the search areas as defined below.
These will consist of a mixture of Immediate Areas, Collapsed and Partial collapsed structures, including search areas that are designed for team specific risk profiles. Examples are mud and landslides.
- 1 x day search
- 1 x night search
- 1 x simultaneous search, composing of 3 search areas – day search
Allocated time for each search scenario:
- Total time allowed for a single search operation will be max 45 mins
- Total time for multiple search areas max 1hr 25 mins
Guidance and Supporting Information
- This will take the format of a formal debriefing process. With refer to the briefing / debriefing notes. / Field Operational Guide (FOG) and
- INSARAG Guidelines – INSARAG.org
Additional question and answer session for dog handlers
This will take the format of a question and answer session, which will take place at some point within the 24hr period of the event.
Teams will be questioned on the INSARAG guideline / system on the following topics:
- Marking system
- Types of building collapse.
Requirements for OCS Search Areas
The OCS search areas will consist in having the following elements built into the 5 search areas.
- These areas will vary in size due to the different environmental and geographical layouts available for the OCS event. Instead of using a specific size, it will be based on experience personnel making an informed decision on the time required to run the search scenarios.
- Dog handlers will have different types of restrictions placed on them during the event, to allow the classification team to observe the following type of searches to take place.
- Full access search
- Limited access search
- No Access
Restricted areas will be denoted with tape and marked up as per the INSARAG guidelines.
- These restrictions will assist the classifiers to observe some of the team’s attributes as illustrated below:
- Working at distance
- Directability and control
- Working at different heights above and below ground level
- Agility and ability to negotiate the search environment safety and effectively
- Confined space searching
- Darkened search areas
- Distractions of different types
- During the event an emergency stop will be asked to be demonstrated by the dog handler with his dog at one of the search areas
Documentation for each Search Area
- Risk assessments
- Site Plan with photos
- Scenarios for briefing teams
- Classifiers briefing pack – highlighting the requirements for each particular search area and hide locations.
- Health and Safety pack, containing emergency numbers, procedures and all other associated requirement pertaining to the event
- Radio and mobile phone communications to be available