In 2012 the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) submitted an application for funding under the Search and Rescue New Initiatives Fund (SAR-NIF) for the development of a SAR response assessment tool, training, and safety promotional materials. The objective to assist SAR volunteers to identify, and mitigate risk in an ‘all hazards’ approach supports the work of the SAR Volunteer Joint Health and Safety Committee co-chaired by BCSARA and Emergency Management B.C. (EMBC). The two-year project was approved by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) in April 2013 with funding of $480,000 and an in-kind contribution of volunteer time of $102,000.
After sourcing a project manager (Neil Brewer), a risk management consultant (Ross Cloutier) was contracted to assist in the development of the tool. Ross used a collaborative approach working with subject-matter experts to develop several models that were subsequently fine-tuned after presentations to 16 SAR groups across the province. Development of on-line training in the use of the Response Assessment and Decision making Support (RADeMS) tool for SAR Leaders, production of the field ready tool and reference guide, development of a smart-phone app, and design and production of safety promotional materials has been completed.
Smart phone ‘apps’ are available at no cost for Android and iOS systems. Search ‘BCSARA’ on your respective ‘apps’ site, or click the links below. Response assessments can be named and saved, and can also be e-mailed.
Click below to download an executable file to be able to run the RADeMS tool on a desktop computer:
Click here to enter the JIBC RADeMS site. This site has exercises for participants to try out the tool on four different scenarios.
Click below for a PDF copy of the discipline-specific scenarios used in the JIBC RADeMS site and a scoring sheet that can be used to conduct in-house training of the RADeMS tool.