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Ground Team Reference Guide

Ground Team Reference Guide

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Ground Team Member& LeaderReference TextJuly 2002
Developed as part of the NationalEmergency Services Curriculum Project
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Description PageTable of Contents..........................................................................................................................iIntroduction..................................................................................................................................iiChapter 1 - SAR is an Emergency.................................................................................................1Chapter 2 - Gear Types & Usage ..................................................................................................4Chapter 3 - Vehicle Inspection and Clearance...............................................................................16Chapter 4 - Natural Hazards, Field Sanitation, & Campsite Selection...........................................18Chapter 5 - Land Navigation ........................................................................................................27Chapter 6 - Electronic Direction Finding .....................................................................................42Chapter 7 - Land Search Methods.................................................................................................45Chapter 8 - Knots, Ropes, & Stretchers.........................................................................................58Chapter 9 - Land Survival.............................................................................................................66Chapter 10 - Air-Ground Signaling...............................................................................................75Chapter 11 - Helicopter Operations...............................................................................................82Chapter 12 - Legal Issues in SAR..................................................................................................87Chapter 13 - Emergency Services Forms.......................................................................................90Chapter 14 - Interviewing Techniques...........................................................................................92Chapter 15 - Scene Management...................................................................................................96Chapter 16 - Bloodborne Pathogens..............................................................................................102Chapter 17 - Activating the SAR System.......................................................................................108Chapter 18 - Starting the Search...................................................................................................112Chapter 19 - Managing the Search Process...................................................................................115Chapter 20 - Starting A Search Team...........................................................................................118Chapter 21 - Computers in SAR....................................................................................................120Chapter 22 - Critical Incident Stress.............................................................................................122Chapter 23 - Continuing Education...............................................................................................124Bibliography.................................................................................................................................126Attachment A - Gear Fill-in form..................................................................................................129Attachment B - Helicopter Marshalling Signals............................................................................130Attachment C - Map Tools............................................................................................................132Attachment D - CAP Grid System.................................................................................................137Attachment E - Excerpts from AFH 36-2218 Self Aid and Buddy Care.........................................159Comment and Suggestions............................................................................................................176
 
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INTRODUCTION
The following course material has been developed from several years of experience and knowledge.Documentation and ideas were accepted from all Civil Air Patrol Regions and Wings so that a comprehensivestandardized program could be developed at a national level. The chapters included, if properly used inconjunction with a strong field program, should fulfill the minimum requirements for successful specialtyqualification of basic ground team members and leaders.The course work is presented in the following manner. Chapters are ordered so that a person builds on skills.Team members need to know certain things before going into the field out of a controlled or safe environment.Once those skills are learned, a trainee can build on that to progress through the training program and work withless guidance in an area that may not be familiar. Finally, a trainee progresses to the point of being qualified,where the person not only can but, is often expected to work autonomously. Trainees are told the topic andobjectives up front. As the trainee reads and practices skills, he or she should focus on the objectives alreadyestablished because this is the same material on which trainees will be tested. At the end of each chapter there arereview questions. These are samples of the possible questions to be asked as part of the trainee's final evaluation.Additionally, more specific training on individual tasks is presented in the field task guides, as referenced in thetext. You will work through these tasks on field exercises throughout your training.We hope that this program suits your needs and that you will take back the knowledge and skills necessary to goodground operations within CAP. Remember though, that you will have to continue building on this knowledge.Training to orient you to your locality as well as advanced and ongoing training is always necessary. If you believethat you know everything about ground SAR by going to one training program, then you are wrong. This is justthe beginning of a lifetime of training and re-training.Good luck, and have fun.The Emergency Services Curriculum Working Group

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