1.1 This guide establishes the minimum training standard for Level I land search team members as it relates to their general, field, and search specific knowledge and skills.
1.2 A Level I land search team member searches on the surface of the land only. 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.)
1.2.1 A Level I searcher may be used, with the above limitations, in remote areas including urban or disaster areas that may be isolated or have lost their infrastructure.
1.3 A Level I land search team member is required to have only an overview level of knowledge of rescue as it pertains to “search and rescue.“ No knots, rope, litter, or other rescue skills are required of a Level I land search team member.
1.3.1 Basic rescue skills and knowledge are found in Guide F2751.
1.4 Level I land search team members must work under direct supervision of Level II searchers (Guide F2685) or other experienced search personnel.
1.5 Level I land search team members are eligible to be members of Type II search teams or crews as defined in Classification F1993.
1.5.1 Type II teams which may utilize personnel trained to this guide are Kind A (wilderness), Kind B (urban), and Kind C (mountainous) Kind J (evidence/cadaver) and Kind K (missing aircraft).
1.6 Further training may be required before a Level I land search team member can actually participate on a particular kind of search team, depending on authority having jurisdiction regulations or policies.
1.7 Training and performance standards developed in the F32 committee refer to levels. Level one (I) is the basic or entrance level and numbers increase with increasing skills and knowledge.
1.7.1 Levels are based on training and do not correspond to Incident Command System typing, which is based on capability.
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 and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory requirements prior to use.
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