National Association of Rescue Divers

COMPLETE DIVE SITE BRIEFING

I. SITUATION (Problem)

A. Weather and Terrain

  • Statement of the current weather and the next 24 hours - pluss any alerts.

B. Probable Course of Action

  • What is the best course of action NOW! Rescue or Recovery.

C. Other Responding Units

D. Location of CP

E. Location of Support Units

F. Attachments and Detachments

II. MISSION (Who, What When Why & Where)

A. Analysis of Courses of Action

  • Each of course of action is analyzed as to capabilities and other considerations to determine advantages and disadvantages.
  • 1. Advantages
  • 2. Disadvantages

B. Comparisons of Courses of Action

  • Determine significant advantages and disadvantages and conclude which course of action has the highest probability of success.

C. Decision

III. EXECUTION

A. Concept of the Operation

  • 1. Scheme of Maneuver
  • 2. Mission of Other Units
  • 3. Coordinating Instructions
IV. SERVICE SUPPORT

A. Supply

  • 1. Equipment
  • 2. Recovery Equipment
  • 3. Lift Equipment
  • 4. Spare Equipment
  • 5. Emergency Equipment
  • 6. Special Equipment
  • B. Transportation

C. Medical Evacuation.

D. Handling of Witnesses and Family

V. COMMAND AND SIGNAL

A. Command

  • 1. Chain of Command
  • 2. Location of Team Leader and Divemaster
  • 3. Assignments

B. Signal

  • 1. Location of Radios
  • 2. Call Signs
  • 3. Flag Signals
  • 4. Pyrotechnic Signals
  • 5. Emergency Signals
  • 6. Code Words
  • 7. Diver Recall

SAMPLE DIVE SITE BRIEFING

I. SITUATION (Problem): "We have a lost diver, last seen 45 minutes ago off North Point."

A. Weather and Terrain: "Our weather is clear and sunny at 98 we do not expect any changes within the next few hours. The terrain of the search area is rocky cliffs along the bank making walking the area difficult. The bottom has many drop-offs but no caves."

B. Probable Course of Action: "Our best course of action is to quick search with two teams from the diver's entry point."

C. Other Responding Units: "We have Engine Two, Rescue One, Fireboat Two, Ambulance Ten and two police units responding to this location."

D. Location of CP: "The CP shall be over by the pavilion."

E. Location of Support Units: "The staging area shall be north of the CP. The Fireboat will stage south of the point."

F. Attachments and Detachments: "We will have Officer Talbot of the Police Dive Team attached as a Stand-by Diver. One of our Divers will stand-by with the Fireboat upon arrival and then check the shore line with the current."

II. MISSION (Who, What When Why & Where): "Our lost diver is a 24 year old white female wearing a one piece bathing suit, a blue 80 tank, and a SeaQuest IV BCD. She was last seen 45 minutes ago entering the water alone for a solo dive. Point of entry was the east side of North Point."

A. Analysis of Courses of Action

1. Advantages: "We will be operating in the rescue mode due to time and max depth of area being 45 feet, and diver being female, chance of her still having air is high."

2. Disadvantages: "Point of entry is uncertain. There are twenty divers in the water from a nearby dive shop doing open water training."

B. Comparisons of Courses of Action:"Recovery mode best course with quick search no discussion."

C. Decision: "Rescue mode, quick searches."

III. EXECUTION

A. Concept of the Operation

1. Scheme of Maneuver: "We will have two search teams in the water at one time. The first team operating off the east side and the second off the west. Each team will conduct a search for no more than 10 minutes and then surface for instructions."

2. Mission of Other Units: "The Fireboat will conduct a search along the bank with the current. All other units shall interview witnesses for more information. EMS personnel shall stand by."

3. Coordinating Instructions: "All support companies shall be under the direction of the Senior Fire Officer."

IV. SERVICE SUPPORT

A. Supply

1. Equipment: "Each searching diver will be equipped with full SCUBA gear and carry two inflatable marker buoys."

2. Recovery Equipment: "None at this time."

3. Lift Equipment: "None needed."

4. Spare Equipment: "Extra tanks shall be at the water."

5. Emergency Equipment: "Oxygen and Ambu with Divemaster"

6. Special Equipment: "None for the operation."

B. Transportation: "Fireboat for boat operations as needed."

C. Medical Evacuation:"Ambulance, Life Flight on Stand-by"

D. Handling of Witnesses and Family: "At CP with Police"

V. COMMAND AND SIGNAL

A. Command

1. Chain of Command: "Team Leader, Divemaster, Medical Officer, EMS, Fire or Police scene Commander."

2. Location of Team Leader and Divemaster: "At Water"

3. Assignments: "Two man search teams with stand-by"

B. Signal

1. Location of Radios: "At unit and with Team Leader"

2. Call Signs, Flag Signals, Pyrotechnic Signals, Emergency Signals, Code Words, Diver Recall: "SOP"

     

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