The officers of WMSAR have worked hard to enhance the search capabilities available to the Search Incident Commander. By obtaining the commitment of other volunteer resources to help during a ground search, WMSAR can bring increased capabilities to a search scene. Some of these resources are:

  • Operation under Incident Management System (IMS) previously known as Incident Command System (ICS) as used by the Police and Fire departments.

  • Assistance to the Incident Commander by providing a liason between himself and volunteers that arrive at the staging site.

  • Radio communications with teams (Primarily Ham bands), aircraft, and marine units.

  • Remote on site lap top computer generated and printed topographical maps and photo reproduction.

  • Regional K-9 search support from other teams. HRD, Air Scenting, and Trackers.

  • Helicopter and helicopter landing zone (LZ) support.

  • Fixed wing aircraft support.

  • Air boat support.

  • Marine support.

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