Manage 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 POLSAR004, 'Manage 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. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the range of conditions section.

1. Plan SAR operations

1.1 Review information relating to search and rescue incident to plan operation.

1.2 Assess required resources to complete SAR operations based on available information.

1.3 Evaluate plan to determine feasibility and likelihood of success.

2. Manage SAR teams

2.1 Communicate nature of SAR incident to stakeholders.

2.2 Brief SAR teams on roles, responsibilities and activities.

2.3 Allocate tasks to team members to facilitate SAR operations.

2.4 Monitor performance of teams to adjust plan as required and identify any welfare considerations.

2.5 Relay feedback received from team to stakeholders to inform SAR operations.

3. Liaise with internal and external authorities and agencies/organisations

3.1 Provide briefings to agencies/organisations to ensure consistency of information.

3.2 Monitor resources to determine changing circumstances.

3.3 Negotiate with agencies/organisations to acquire resources for SAR operations.

3.4 Provide guidance and support to authorities and agencies/organisations to improve SAR effectiveness.

4. Manage search and rescue reporting requirements

4.1 Collate information from internal and external sources to maintain comprehensive records.

4.2 Evaluate information to determine relevance.

4.3 Identify trends from analysis of available information.

4.4 Develop recommendations for continuous improvement purposes.