ASTM WK24699

    New Guide for Training for Land SAR as a Level I Out-of-Area Disaster Responder

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F32.02 | Committee F32 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training as it relates to knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) for trained search and rescue (SAR) personnel who wish to be trained and deployed as individuals or teams outside the normal area of operation as a disaster resource and require basic disaster-specific training to operate safely in various disaster environments. 1.2 This type of resource is also referred to as a DSAR (Disaster SAR) basic responder. 1.3 A DSAR basic responder is required to have only an overview level of knowledge of disaster response. 1.4 Personnel trained to this guide may work in nontechnical terrain (no safety rope required) in most aboveground land environments with limited use in or around water. See Appendix I for general resource capabilities.) 1.5 A DSAR basic responder should work under the supervision of more experienced personnel at the discretion of incident management. 1.6 All activated personnel trained to this guide shall meet basic incident security requirements such as passing a background check and carry an appropriate form of personal identification with photo when responding out of area. 1.7 There is no expectation for providing medical assistance or rescue beyond very basic triage, first aid, and basic short-distance litter carry when trained to this guide. 1.8 This guide provides a foundation of basic requirements related to disaster. Basic DSAR individuals or teams may have additional specialties or relevant training that can be used by incident management and may be requested selectively. Teams or individuals with more specialized KSA or equipment or both may be requested. This may include higher levels of medical, increased rescue capabilities, specialized skills, management level training and experience, and so forth. (See Section 6 and Appendix II.) 1.9 The authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) or incident management may require more experienced field supervision for DSAR personnel in certain disaster environments. 1.10 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, 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.


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    Land SAR are a viable disaster resource. This provides minimum requirements for additional training to be activated out of area as a disaster resource. Referenced by government agencies.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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