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    ASTM F2209 - 20

    Standard Guide for Training of Land Search Team Member

    Active Standard ASTM F2209 | Developed by Subcommittee: F32.03

    Book of Standards Volume: 13.02


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide establishes the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities that a person must have to perform as a Land Search Team Member. No other skills are included or implied.

    4.2 Every person who is identified as a Land Search Team Member shall have met the requirements of this guide.

    4.3 This guide is to be used by individuals and agencies having jurisdiction that wish to identify the minimum training required for a Land Search Team Member.

    4.3.1 The AHJ shall determine the depth or detail of training required to meet these needs.

    4.4 Though this guide establishes the minimum standard of training, it does not imply that a Land Search Team Member is a “trainee,” “probationary,” or other similar term member of a team, organization, or agency.

    4.4.1 Determining the requirements and qualifications for Land Search Team Members is the responsibility of the AHJ.

    4.4.2 Nothing in this guide precludes an AHJ from adding additional requirements for its own members.

    4.5 This guide can be used to evaluate a document or training program to determine if its content includes the topics necessary for training individuals to operate as a Land Search Team Member.

    4.6 This guide does not stand alone and must be used with the referenced documents to provide the specific information needed by a Land Search Team Member or AHJ.

    4.7 This guide by itself is not a training document. It is an outline of the topics required for training or evaluating a Land Search Team Member.

    4.8 This guide can be used to evaluate a book or other document to determine if its content includes the information required for training a Land Search Team Member. Likewise, the guide can be used to evaluate an existing training program to see if it meets the requirements of this guide.

    4.9 The knowledge, skills, and abilities defined in this guide are not presented in any particular order and do not represent a training sequence.

    4.10 A Land Search Team Member shall document his or her training by completion of a position task book, compliant with Guide F3068, or by field demonstration under qualified supervision.

    4.11 Unless stated otherwise, an ability or proficiency in a skill shall be demonstrated for initial qualification and then as often as required by the AHJ.

    4.12 Except where a physical skill or ability must be demonstrated, the AHJ shall determine the best way to evaluate a person’s knowledge. This may be by written exam, oral exam, demonstration, or by some combination of the three.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training requirements for land search personnel as it relates to their general, field, and search-specific knowledge and skills.

    1.2 A Land Search Team Member searches on the surface of the land only, including urban or disaster areas that may be isolated or have lost supporting infrastructure.

    1.3 This guide does not provide the minimum training requirements for searching in partially or fully collapsed structures, in or on water, in confined spaces, or underground (such as caves, mines, and tunnels).

    1.4 Personnel trained to this guide are not qualified to perform rescue. No knots, rope, high angle or low angle litter, or other rescue skills are required of a Land Search Team Member.

    1.5 Personnel trained to this guide are not qualified to operate in leadership positions.

    1.6 Land Search Team Members are eligible to be members of Category: Land Search, and Category: Untrained, search teams or crews, as defined in Classification F1993.

    1.6.1 Category: Land Search teams which may utilize personnel trained to this guide are:

    1.6.1.1 Kind: Non-Wilderness;

    1.6.1.2 Kind: Wilderness;

    1.6.1.3 Kind: Mountainous;

    1.6.1.4 Kind: Alpine.

    1.7 Further training may be required before a Land Search Team Member can participate on a particular Kind of search team, depending on local needs, regulations, or policies of the authority having jurisdiction.

    1.8 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.9 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    F1633 Guide for Techniques in Land Search

    F1767 Guide for Forms Used for Search and Rescue

    F1773 Terminology Relating to Climbing, Mountaineering, Search and Rescue Equipment and Practices

    F1993 Classification System of Human Land Search and Rescue Resources

    F2890 Guide for Hazard Awareness for Search and Rescue Personnel

    F3071 Guide for Basic Wilderness GPS/GNSS Use (GPS/GNSS-IW) Endorsement


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 03.100.30 (Management of human resources)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 92101901(Search and rescue teams)


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    DOI: 10.1520/F2209-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM F2209-20, Standard Guide for Training of Land Search Team Member, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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