New Brunswick. Introduction to Clue Awareness and Human Tracking for Search and Rescue Volunteers. The Past. Sole purpose of finding the lost subject. Clues were missed. Search incidents tended to last longer. Often ending with injury or death of the subject. Clue Awareness.
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Clue Awareness and Human Tracking for Search and Rescue Volunteers
Sole purpose of finding the lost subject.
Clues were missed.
Search incidents tended to last longer.
Often ending with injury or death of the subject.
Uncertainty can only be resolved with information.
Clues are the source of the information.
A clue is a sign or message.
A clue is any bit of information that contributes to the reduction of uncertainty.
Which direction did the subject travel from the point last seen.(PLS)?
What were their intentions or trip plans?
How far can we reasonably expect someone like to go?
What parts of the search area has the subject past through?
What parts of the search area has the subject not past through?
A “clue” is a fact, an object, information or some type of evidence that helps to solve a mystery or problem.
Clue-seeking rather than subject- seeking.
Many more clues than lost subjects.
Clues are messages.
The subject is a clue generator.
The searcher is a clue seeker.
The search area should contain many clues.
The absence of clues is also a clue.
Present location of the subject. (Subject found)
Previous location of the subject. (Clue found)
Destination or intent of the subject. (Clue found)
Subject was never there. (No clue)
Physical (an item or event)
Documentary (a written clue)
Testimonial (statement by other persons)
Analytical (the results of reasoning)
Monitor the search area for changes.
Clues are fragile and ephemeral.
The search area is volatile.
A set of footprints in the search area may contain different messages.
Subject are “sign” generators.
Multiple signal generators. (Family, Public and other searchers)
Time period that the subject have been lost. (Estimate search area size)
Their intent or destination.
Searchers must be in the search area.
An overall strategy is needed to assume that all pertinent and significant areas are identified.
We must follow up on various common clues:
Immediately notify the Command post of a clue/message received;
Through group action, try to evaluate the clue/message in the field; and
Act upon the interpreted message in consultation with the Command post.
Positive steps are required to assure that the lost subject does not leave the search area.
The area is extended to include all clues.
Consideration of whether the subject is involved in a crime, remember that a crime is seldom a cause of persons becoming lost or missing.
Knowing where the subject has not been is extremely important information when narrowing down the search area.
Human Tracking is probably the single most important skill any professional searcher can develop.
The signs might be discarded clothing, a lost hat, a water bottle or candy rappers.
Some of the clues left behind by a lost person are harder to find. These include broken twigs, bruised vegetation and compressed leaves left behind as their foot strikes the ground.
A detailed description of the footprint
A detailed drawing of the footprint should include:
Length of heel
Width of the ball of the foot
Width of the heel