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Monitoring and re-tasking SAR resources

Page updated: 30 November 2020

If you're the Incident Controller, you need to monitor SAR resources and keep them safe. You may also re-task SAR resources where appropriate.

Monitor tasked SAR resources

You need to do this to ensure:

  • the safety of tasked resources
  • the effectiveness of the operation

You can monitor tasked SAR resources by:

  • establishing and maintaining communication schedules
  • using live tracking systems.


Ensure the activities of tasked SAR resources are appropriate

Check the activities of different SAR resources:

  • complement each other
  • do not overlap
  • provide effective coverage of the area.


Take action if you think resources may negatively affect each other

If you notice that tasked resources are working in the same area and may pose a risk to each other, you need to intervene.

For example, you may notice several aircraft you are monitoring are inadvertently using the same airspace. In this case, you need to take immediate action to keep SAR resources safe.


Re-tasking of resources

As a general rule, do not re-task SAR resources until a debrief has been completed. A debrief will help the Incident Controller and the Incident Management Team understand the situation better and plan further actions.

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