Avalanche can be destructive and disastrous when you experience the loss of a loved one or friend. The Search and rescue team in the sites of Avalanche have great horrific stories which need to be heard. Completing a successful Avalanche SEarch and REscue require the team to control the emotions and gather the wit to judge the even minute area affected by Avalanche.
The most important way to execute search and rescue to practice and train yourself. Without proper training and practice, a search and rescue team is incomplete. The team is required to be trained by professionals and should be educated with the science of Avalanche. According to the statistics, the victims in Avalanche are found dead within 15 minutes of buried in snow. Hence it is essential that the search and rescue team during the Avalanche are prompt.
The Rescue team in Avalanche follows seven simple steps for executing successful search and rescue for victims and affected family.
Size up the place
Before starting the search and rescue operation, the team needs to size the place which is affected and which have been destroyed by the Avalanche. They also look for the places which are most likely to contain survivors or people alive. This exercise also let them calculate the size of the team required.
Search for Clues
The team member in the background does this exercise without going in the field. They look out for the Avalanche beacon tweets and signals and look for the survivors and reach people who need first attention. It also helps the team to reach to the people without wasting time in the search. A part of the team is dispatched to the signal directions, and another part is then sent to the search for more people without signal.
The search and rescue team have minimal tools and equipment to complete their search. Since the signal strength at mountains is weak and almost nil. In such cases, transceivers are given to the head of the teams who look out for the people and medical needs. It also helps them to keep connected during the search and call for more men in time of need.
Search with Probe
The professional search and rescue team does probe search since it needs precision and training. Probe search is done in the areas where the most liking transceiver signals are received. The probes are held at 90 degrees angle and dug at every 25 centimeters.
Shovel the Avalanche
When you have done the spot probing, and you have to find the survivor, it is essential that the team make sure that they are not standing on the victims who are trying to breathe underground. With the use of a shovel. The group starts shoveling the snow and retrieve the victim.
Provide Medical Care Appropriate
When the team has found the alive survivors in the search and rescue, they should be given first aid immediately and then transferred to medical care. 90% of death in Avalanche happens due to shock and trauma.