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This classification was intended to aid search and rescue (SAR) managers in ordering resources for search and rescue incidents and to aid in communicating the types of tasks for which search and rescue crews have been trained.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee F32 on Search and Rescue, this classification system was withdrawn in January 2014 in accordance with section 10.6.3 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This classification is intended to aid search and rescue (SAR) managers in ordering resources for search and rescue incidents and to aid in communicating the types of tasks for which search and rescue crews have been trained.
1.2 This classification is intended as a supplement to the resource typing specifications of the Incident Command System and specifically as a means of typing human resources used in search and rescue activities.
1.3 This classification is suitable for classfying search and rescue crews for a wide variety of emergency management purposes.
1.4 This classification does not attempt to classify individuals or put forth standards of performance or training for individuals, nor is it meant to convey certification, skill proficiency or other measures of the level of performance of the resource. These qualifications are the responsibility of the local agencies responsible for utilizing the resource.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
F1633 Guide for Techniques in Land Search
F1848 Classification for Search and Rescue Dog Crew/Teams
NFPA StandardNFPA1670 Operation and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents Available from National Fire Protection Association, 1 Batterymarch Park, PO Box, 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101.
International Fire Service Training Association StandardICS420 Incident Command System Field Operations Guide Available from the International Fire Service Training Association, Fire Protection Publications, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078.
ASTM F1993-99(2005), Standard Classification of Human Search and Rescue Resources (Withdrawn 2014), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2005, www.astm.orgBack to Top