Coordinate search and rescue operations

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MARF020, 'Coordinate search and rescue operations'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.


Activate search and rescue support plan


Distress and emergency signals, and communications are recognised and evaluated


Type of emergency, and level and nature of assistance required is assessed and its practicability is considered


Communications are established, where possible, with the parties in distress, other vessels and relevant authorities/agencies


Search and rescue parameters are identified based on available information


Search and rescue strategy is developed based on all available information and after consultation with others in the established chain of command


Required resources are identified according to the strategy


Strategy is evaluated and reviewed as determined by the input of all information and review of available resources


Organisation and command chain with other stations involved in the search and rescue is established in collaboration with search and rescue authorities


Coordinate crew in search and rescue operations


Crew members are informed of the scenario and strategy


Crew members are briefed on their roles and responsibilities and the way the crew will operate, and are deployed to the required stations


Tasks are allocated to crew members according to their roles in the crew and level of competence


Confirmation is gained from crew members of their understanding of the scenario, their role and the roles of other crew members


Performance of crew members is monitored and reviewed as the scenario unfolds, to determine ongoing requirements


Directions are given to others involved in the search and rescue operation according to agreed plan and established chain of command


Manoeuvres of vessel are made according to agreed plan and with due regard to limits of the vessel and the environment


Feedback from crew members and others involved in the search and rescue operation is received and relayed to others according to agreed plan and established chain of command


Liaise with internal and external authorities/ agencies


Radio communication is established and maintained with all parties involved in the search and rescue operations


Briefings are provided to appropriate people according to operational procedures


Search and rescue progress is monitored and information is provided to internal and external authorities/agencies


Issues are negotiated with internal and external authorities/agencies


Resources are monitored and reviewed to meet changing requirements according to operational procedures


Search and rescue problems/potential problems are identified and solutions are developed in liaison with internal and external authorities/agencies


Guidance and support are provided and sought from internal and external authorities/agencies according to requirements


Manage communications systems


Communications systems are identified as appropriate to the situation and the strategy


Communications systems are selected according to agreed plan and established chain of command


Communications systems are managed to provide optimum capability


Conclude search and rescue support


Duration of the search and rescue operation is determined by the level of emergency


Instructions from internal and external authorities/agencies about the duration of the search and rescue are complied with


All information is collected and preserved


Debrief is conducted with relevant people involved


Items for improvement are identified and action is taken to have improvements built into support plans


Manage search and rescue records


Records of the search and rescue are made in the vessel log


Other documentation is completed as required by regulatory requirements


Reports are completed and disseminated according to organisational requirements