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Ground Vehicle Search Techniques. Developed as part of the National Emergency Services Curriculum Project. Sectors of Observation. Team members without specific duties are assigned an arc to watch for clues

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ground vehicle search techniques

Ground Vehicle Search Techniques

Developed as part of the National Emergency Services Curriculum Project

sectors of observation
Sectors of Observation
  • Team members without specific duties are assigned an arc to watch for clues
  • Driver, navigator, communicator, and other members with specific duties to perform should not be assigned sectors to observe
six rules of sector observation
Six rules of Sector Observation
  • Scan the entire sector
    • Left to right
    • Right to left
    • Near to far
    • Far to near
  • Observe vehicle safety
    • Wear your seat belt
    • Don’t distract or startle the driver
six rules of sector observation continued
Six rules of Sector Observation Continued
  • Don’t distract other team members except to verify a clue or target
  • Be clue-conscious - not just target focused
  • Tell the driver if he or she is driving too fast for you to adequately search your area
  • If you see a clue or the objective, tell the team leader, but don’t shout or startle the driver
what might you spot
What Might You Spot?
  • Missing person
    • Vegetation disturbance indicating someone entering or leaving the woods
    • Dropped clothing or equipment
    • Potential witnesses
    • Missing person’s vehicle
    • The missing person!
what might you spot7
What Might You Spot
  • Aircraft
    • Some of the same items as missing person if a pilot is attempting to walk out
    • Smoke, scavengers
    • Broken tree top vegetation
    • Wreckage or pieces of debris
    • Smell of burning oil and fuel
    • A survivor
other possibilities
Other Possibilities
  • A vehicle search team can be part of a confinement approach if there are roads defining the search area
    • Continual patrols may spot a victim attempting to walk out
    • Visibility may attract witnesses that could provide information
    • Vehicle search on the way into a search area.
vehicle search tasks
Vehicle Search Tasks
  • Ground Team Member
    • O-0402: Employ Vehicular Scanning Techniques