Level 3 Field Operations Guide (fog) or Handbook



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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed four levels of operational guidance for use by emergency teams and other personnel involved in conducting or supporting disaster operations. This document corresponds to the level highlighted in bold italics.



Level 1

Overview

A brief concept summary of a disaster-related function, team,

or capability.



Level 2

SOP or Operations Manual

A complete reference document, detailing the procedures for performing a single function (Standard Operating Procedure),

or a number of interdependent functions (Ops Manual).



Level 3

Field Operations Guide (FOG) or Handbook

A durable pocket or desk guide, containing essential nuts-and-bolts information needed to perform specific assignments

or functions.

Level 4


Job Aid

A checklist or other aid for job performance or job training.

This document is consistent with and supports the Federal Response Plan for implementation of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5121, et seq.
The most current copy of this document, including any change pages, is available through the FEMA Intranet in the National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS) Reference Library (http://nemis.fema.net), under Response and Recovery/Policies and Guidance, Disaster Operations Guidance.


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FOREWORD

This Field Operations Guide (FOG) has been prepared to guide Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel to perform Federal disaster response operations during major disasters or emergencies.

The National Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Response System provides for the coordination, development, and maintenance of the Federal effort with resources to locate, extricate, and provide immediate medical treatment to victims trapped in collapsed structures; and to conduct other life saving operations.

The US&R Response System methods of operation, organization, capabilities, and procedures in mobilization, on-site operations, and demobilization are described in this document.

Questions, comments, and suggested improvements related to this document are encouraged. Inquiries, information, and requests for additional copies should be directed in writing to the Department of Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Response Division, Operations Branch, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC  20472.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Record of Changes i

Foreword iii

I. Introduction 1

1. Document Purpose 1

1. Document Purpose 1

2. Concept of Operations 1

2. Concept of Operations 1

i. Incident Support Team (IST) 1

ii. Task Force (TF) 2

II. National US&R Response System Organization 1

III. pOSITION cHECKLISTS 1

A. General Operational Checklist 1

A. General Operational Checklist 1

2. Task Force Leader 2

2. Task Force Leader 2

3. Task Force Safety Officer 5

3. Task Force Safety Officer 5

4. Task Force Planning Team Manager 7

4. Task Force Planning Team Manager 7

5. Technical Information Specialist 8

5. Technical Information Specialist 8

6. Structures Specialist 9

6. Structures Specialist 9

7. Search Team Manager 10

7. Search Team Manager 10

8. Canine Search Specialist 11

8. Canine Search Specialist 11

9. Technical Search Specialist 12

9. Technical Search Specialist 12

10. Rescue Team Manager 13

10. Rescue Team Manager 13

11. Rescue Squad Officer 14

11. Rescue Squad Officer 14

12. Rescue Specialist 15

12. Rescue Specialist 15

13. Heavy Equipment and Rigging Specialist 16

13. Heavy Equipment and Rigging Specialist 16

14. Medical Team Manager 17

14. Medical Team Manager 17

15. Medical Specialist 19

15. Medical Specialist 19

16. Hazardous Materials Team Manager 20

16. Hazardous Materials Team Manager 20

17. Hazardous Materials Specialist 21

17. Hazardous Materials Specialist 21

18. Logistics Manager 23

18. Logistics Manager 23

19. Logistics Specialist 24

19. Logistics Specialist 24

20. Communications Specialist 25

20. Communications Specialist 25

21. Support Specialist 26

21. Support Specialist 26

IV. Practices and Procedures 1

A. Load Limitations 1

A. Load Limitations 1

2. Cache Packaging/Shipping Requirements 1

2. Cache Packaging/Shipping Requirements 1

3. Structure Triage, Assessment, and Marking System 2

3. Structure Triage, Assessment, and Marking System 2

4. Search Strategy and Tactics 12

4. Search Strategy and Tactics 12

5. Rescue Operations 15

5. Rescue Operations 15

6. Communications Procedures 19

6. Communications Procedures 19

7. Medical Procedures 20

7. Medical Procedures 20

8. Hand Signals 25

8. Hand Signals 25

1. Helicopter Hand Signals 25

2. Crane Hand Signals 26

9. Military Aircraft Specifications 27

9. Military Aircraft Specifications 27

10. Task Force Media Procedures 28

10. Task Force Media Procedures 28

SAMPLE Forms, Letters, 1

plans, and Procedures 1

US&R Operations 3

Citizen Assistance/Outreach 3

Assistance to Local Emergency Response Personnel 3


APPENDICES
appendix a: acronyms and abbreviations a-1

appendix b: GLOSSARY OF COMMON TERMS b-1

appendix c: UNITS OF MEASURE, SYMBOLS, AND CONVERSION FACTORS c-1

appendix D: Sample forms, letters, and Plans D-1

appendix e: NOTES e-1
LIST OF FIGURES
FIGURE ii-1: Ert organization ii-1

FIGURE ii-2: Incident Support Team – Advance ii-1

FIGURE ii-3: ist – expanded organization ii-2

FIGURE ii-4: Type I Task Force Organization ii-3



FIGURE ii-5: Type III Task Force Organization ii-4

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