SOGs again--downed aircraft and evacuation procedures
I feel like I’m beating a dead horse bringing up SOGs again…
As the old story goes, we’re revamping our SOPs to SOGs, and need advice.
Here’s what I’m interested in:
1. Missing or downed aircraft.
What are your department SOGs? How does your SOG address aircraft that aren’t on fire from a safety standpoint with regards to preserving evidence for investigators?
How about missing aircraft? At another department I was on, we had the FAA call us on several occasions to report small planes that had suddenly dropped from radar, but we never had one of those materialize as a crash. As well, my paying job is dispatching for a helicopter ambulance service. If I lose contact with our helicopter, one of the duties I have (among about 100 others) is to notify local FD and PD in the vicinity of the loss of contact, which we narrow down to a 5-by-5 mile square. How do you set up an effective system to search the area (my FD is pretty rural, so I can’t bet on having dozens of 911 calls to report a crash)?
2. Evacuation of an area.
What I’m interested in primarily are large area evacuations as a result of a train derailment, highway hazmat, or pipeline break. How do you break up the area systematically, and what are the limits that you will utilize your personnel? We’re trained to the HazMat First Responder level.
Thanks for the help.