1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training required for personnel who take part in search and rescue (SAR) operations in abandoned or inactive mines with hazardous atmospheres. 1.2 An endorsed advanced abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member will be able to perform all general land search and rescue functions. 1.3 An endorsed advanced abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member is not trained for SAR operations in caves or tunnels. 1.4 This guide applies to underground mines only. It does not apply to surface mines, tunnels, or caves. 1.5 This guide does not apply to search and rescue operations on, or in, bodies of water within abandoned or inactive mines. 1.6 An endorsed advanced abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member is eligible to be a member of Types I, II, and III SAR crews or teams of the following kinds, as defined in Classification F1993: 1.6.1 Kind A (wilderness); 1.6.2 Kind B (urban); 1.6.3 Kind H (mine); 1.6.4 Kind K (aircraft); and 1.6.5 Kind L (unclassified). 1.7 Further training may be required before an endorsed advanced abandoned or inactive mine search and rescue team member can fully participate on a particular type and kind of team or crew, based on specific local needs, regulations, or policies. 1.8 This guide has references specific to use in the United States of America, but it may be adapted for use in other countries. 1.9 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety issues, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
Keywordsabandoned mine; atmosphere; explosive; hazardous; inactive mine; IDLH; mine; rescue; rope; search; search and rescue; SAR; underground
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