Level 3 Field Operations Guide (fog) or Handbook

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The purpose of operational checklists is to define the duties and responsibilities of the respective National US&R Response System positions during a mission assignment. These lists are intended to be a general summary of actions from the “In Transit” phase through the “Reassignment/Demobilization” phase.

  1. General Operational Checklist

[ ] Review this document for information pertinent to operational checklists and procedures.
[ ] Monitor mission-related information from local sources such as radio and television when they are available.
[ ] Review disaster related information, as it becomes available.
[ ] Maintain unit integrity and accountability.
[ ] Participate in TF briefings and meetings as directed.
[ ] Maintain unit integrity and accountability.
[ ] Participate in the TF daily briefings and meetings as directed.
[ ] Ensure safety practices and procedures are followed.
[ ] Ensure equipment is operational prior to each work period.
[ ] Carry out assignments as directed.
[ ] Brief shift replacement fully on all ongoing operations when relieved at work cycle rotations.
[ ] Prepare appropriate reports.
[ ] Participate in the TF daily briefings and meetings as directed.
[ ] Prepare personal belongings for demobilization.
[ ] Upon return, participate in the TF mission after action and incident stress management activities.

    1. Task Force Leader


[ ] Discuss and coordinate anticipated logistical requirements (i.e., transportation, etc.) with the team managers prior to arrival at the mobilization center.

[ ] Maintain contact with the EST/IST as required.
[ ] Meet with the IST Point of Arrival (POA)/Mob Center Specialist, or the appropriate officials at the mobilization center, and receive a briefing and TF assignment.
[ ] Brief team managers and introduce the IST or facility’s representative and local authority.
[ ] Ensure priority movement of personnel and equipment is identified.
[ ] Ensure that an assessment of available resources to support the TF operations is conducted.
[ ] If necessary, deploy an advance team with the IST to assess an appropriate site for locating the BoO.
[ ] Assemble all personnel for a mission briefing with the assigned IST POA/Mob Center Specialist and/or appropriate officials to include: assignment, situation report, medical center support, team issues, equipment off-loading, and maps.
[ ] Ensure security provision for personnel and equipment are arranged.
[ ] Contact local authority/IST and receive a briefing to include:

  • Incident situation report and objectives;

  • Tactical assignments;

  • TF support layout and requirements (BoO);

  • Communications plan, frequencies, and radio designations;

  • Emergency signaling and evacuation procedures;

  • Medical treatment and evacuation procedures;

  • Process for ordering supplies and equipment; and

  • Local and site hazards and personal safety precautions.

[ ] Brief the TF on the findings of this action before beginning work.

[ ] In the absence of an IST, provide a US&R Task Force Fact Sheet and organization structure to local officials.
[ ] Identify TF support requirements and request process with the IST:

  • Provisions (food, water, etc.)

  • Heavy equipment (cranes, bulldozers, etc.)

  • Support personnel.

[ ] Assess initial TF strategic considerations:

  • Structural triage

  • Building marking

  • Search and reconnaissance activities

  • Equipment cache set-up

  • Rescue operations.

[ ] Deploy one or two Reconnaissance Teams as soon as possible, if required.

[ ] Ensure a TF BoO is established in an appropriate location.
[ ] Ensure team managers develop a process to determine an overall operational assessment process that includes:

  • Functional requirements and immediate needs

  • Work schedules for extended operations

  • Rest and rotation periods for personnel

  • Adequacy of support facilities.

[ ] Participate in planning meetings and operational briefings with the IST.

[ ] Evaluate the capacity of assigned resources to complete the assignment. Order additional resources if needed.
[ ] Ensure that the Medical Team Manager, in conjunction with the IST Medical Unit Leader, obtains a general health and medical situation assessment and locates available resources. Convey medical capabilities and limitations to local official(s) (use the Task Force Medical Team Fact Sheet), indicating the need for additional resources or specialized medical capabilities. Pertinent incident medical planning information should be passed on, through the chain of command, to State, Federal, and National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) officials.
[ ] Ensure that the Medical Team Manager provides guidance to TF members on health maintenance matters.
[ ] Ensure that all TF supervisors are identified by vests.

[ ] Evaluate TF operations performance in meeting established objectives to include:

  • Effectiveness of overall strategy and tactics;

  • Assessment of equipment shortages and needs;

  • Ensure the health and welfare needs of personnel;

  • Assessment of fatigue in personnel;

  • Assessment of signs of and extended incident stress in personnel; and

  • Ensure adherence to established procedures.

[ ] Conduct regular TF meetings and daily briefings.

[ ] Brief replacement fully on all ongoing operations when relieved at work cycle rotations. Ensure off-going TF managers are debriefed at each operational cycle.
[ ] Prior to the receipt of the demobilization order, provide an estimate to the IST of the hours necessary for personnel and cache rehabilitation.
[ ] Assess the suitability of TF for reassignment and advise the IST if required.
[ ] Brief personnel on mission status, reassignment, and demobilization determinations.
[ ] Ensure the return of BoO site to at least its original condition.
[ ] Inform the home jurisdiction of the TF’s status.
[ ] Ensure that all tools and equipment are inventoried, returned to the cache, and prepared for movement.
[ ] Maintain contact with the IST and provide a status report on reassignment or demobilization.
[ ] Ensure that all operational losses and maintenance requirements of tools and equipment are documented.
[ ] Ensure that all TF members have input in the TF mission critique.
[ ] Conduct a TF post-incident team meeting (possibly at the mobilization center on return).
[ ] Ensure stress management activities are conducted.

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