Search Management


Course Outline

Designed for team members who wish to learn or develop their understanding of search management.

The aim of this course is to train team members in missing persons search management techniques within a Scottish Mountain Rescue context. This course introduces established best practice recognised by multi agencies and additionally provides appreciation of police requirements in relation to search standards.

Pre-Course Requirements

In order to ensure the smooth running of the course all candidates are asked to ensure they observe the following conditions:

  • Have an interest in the subject of search management
  • For insurance purposes participants are requested to sign on with their team prior to course attendance. This is an absolute must procedure.
  • For your comfort and safety please ensure you have appropriate outdoor equipment for this course. i.e. waterproofs, team radio.

Example Program

Friday Evening
Time Topic
8.00pm Course Welcome, Administration & The Journey so far!*
8.10pm Why do we have a process?*
8.30pm Identifying a process*
9.00pm Map and acetate/tablets
9.00pm Evening concludes*
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am The Process*
9.45am TT1-1 Inc 5 min debrief
10.15am TT2
10.30am Break – Tea/Coffee
11.00am TT2 Inc 5 min debrief
11.30am Dog Assets
11.45am TT3 inc 5 min debrief
12.15pm TT4 inc 5 min debrief
12.45pm Lunch
1.45pm Information Gathering – Lost person behaviour
2.00pm Case Study – “Narrowing the Search”
2.15pm Phone limitations/google locate etc
2.30pm Using information and local knowledge. Building scenarios, sectoring, prioritising, briefing. How long will it take?
2.45pm TT5
3.45pm Tea Break
4.15pm Accountability
4.30pm TT6
5.00pm TT7
6.00pm Dinner
7.30pm SM panel questions
8.15pm Evening concludes*
8.00am Breakfast
9.00am We’ve found them-What about CSM?
9.30am Assets – Multi Agency Working
10.00am Assets – Searching with Helicopters
10.30am TT8 – Task1/ So you think you can search?
11.00am Break – Tea/Coffee
11.20am TT8 – Task 2 – include situation report
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm TT8 – Task 3
2.00pm Exercise debrief*
2.30pm Plenary*
3.30pm Staff Depart – Course closed
  *With Digital Mapping


Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003