The command post is the heart of any deployment. The incident commander, planning and operation chiefs design the search plan to find our missing subject(s). They work out the logistics and plan for every stage of the operation.
In addition, command post personnel handle accountability, communications, mapping, transportation, and scene safety.
In Search and Rescue operations, communications are critical. Coordinating search teams, arranging transport and requesting additional resources are basic needs that can’t be met using cell phones or CB radios. Moreover, critical decisions involving air support, ALS units and emergency evacuations require a communications technology that is reliable and trusted. As such, each member of Red Rock Search and Rescue must become HAM Licensed within a year of joining the team.
In practice, we’ve tested our EMCOMM network with great success. One successful test included having a team deployed on Mt Charleston remain in contact with teams in Sloan. Additionally, we’ve had overnight training exercises outside of Las Vegas, communicating through a radio operator in San Diego back to our Command Post and HQ EOC teams. This is all possible, and quite easy, using HAM radio.
Our main RRSAR Frequency doesn’t require a HAM license, so as you join the team and acquire a radio, you can listen and talk without violating FCC rules. However, for a wider range of frequencies, and more advanced communication techniques involving some of our more powerful equipment – you must become a licensed HAM Radio operator. Additionally, being a licensed HAM radio operator allows you to listen to and communicate with people all over the world. In order to become a HAM radio operator, you will need to study and take a small test.
HAM Radio has been tested and proven in several disasters throughout the world. When all other communications were down – HAM Radio operators were talking.
This training is designed specifically for Search and Rescue applications. The course exceeds requirements regarding land navigation skills for most national standards, including the National Association for Search and Rescue.
Search & Rescue Land Navigation. No matter what you do outdoors, this class is for you. Hunting, fishing, hiking, adventure racing, geocaching, kayaking, bird watching; any outdoors person can find this class useful. This is an in depth study of land navigation from an experienced navigator.
Topography Map and compass. Learn about earth mapping, map reading, compass reading, coordinate systems, Map Datums, search and rescue navigation standards, and the Global Positioning System. Learn formal theory and tricks of the trade.
The lecture creates your knowledge foundation and the field training builds and reinforces what you have learned. You are guaranteed to learn something.