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The course focuses on separating Search Planning from Search Operations as we believe these are two distinct roles. This also fits neatly into the Lowland Rescue strategy to develop a Search Manager certification based on Search Planning and Search Operation skills and complies with existing rescue guidance.
This involves the understanding of the incident command structure and how it involves the functions of command and responsibilities associated with each of these functions. It covers that the structure allows for the framework to be scalable from simple to complex dependent upon the needs of the search operation.

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Course Details

Emphasis is placed on making decisions based on facts and on statistics against formulated search plans. Decisions are logical and justifiable whatever they are and deployment is managed effectively.

Throughout the course students will learn to write and deliver Search Operations Management from plausible scenarios created from the information collected from the missing person report, statistics, missing person behaviour traits etc and this is done in a logical order throughout.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.


The course:

The syllabus includes:


  • Incident command structure (responsibilities associated to each function)

  • Resources – what are they and how they best deployed? The considerations and limitations of their deployment.

  • Call out - how the resource deployment is managed.

  • Assembly points - their layout, location and management.

  • Briefings - what should be included for both general and task specific briefings.

  • Deployment strategies and tactics

  • Tracking and management of deployed resources.

  • What part human factors play in the management of search operations.

  • Situational awareness and its importance.

  • Decision-making and communications.

  • Rescue and recovery plan formulation and management.

  • Liaising with police and the families of missing persons.

  • Debriefing and its importance and how the information should be utilised.

  • Closing the search - considerations, paperwork and stats submission.

  • Documenting the search.

  • Developing further skills and knowledge



£160 per course, inclusive of accommodation & meals. Once you have completed the registration process, we will send you all the information you need along with payment details.

Registration will only be possible if a course is available on the courses information page.

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