â€¢ Co-ordinate operations of all SAR facilities on-scene.
â€¢ Carry out the received search action plan or rescue plan from the SMC or plan the search or rescue operation, if no plan is otherwise available.
â€¢ Modify the search action or rescue action plan as the situation on-scene dictates
â€¢ Co-ordinate on-scene communications.
â€¢ Provide relevant information to the other SAR facilities.
â€¢ Monitor the performance of other participating facilities.
â€¢ Ensure operations are conducted safely, paying particular attention to maintaining safe separations among all facilities, both surface and air.
â€¢ Make periodic situation reports (SITREPs) to the SMC. The standard
SITREP format may be found in appendix D. SITREPs should include but
not be limited to:
weather and sea conditions
the results of search to date
any actions taken
any future plans or recommendations.
â€¢ Maintain a detailed record of the operation:
on-scene arrival and departure times of SAR facilities, other vessels and aircraft engaged in the operation
track spacing usedï†ï€ sightings and leads reported
â€¢ Advise the SMC to release facilities no longer required.
â€¢ Report the number and names of survivors to the SMC.
â€¢ Provide the SMC with the names and designations of facilities with survivors on board.
â€¢ Report which survivors are in each facility.
â€¢ Request additional SMC assistance when necessary (for example,medical evacuation of seriously injured survivors)