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INSARAG GUIDELINES VOLUME II, MANUAL C - IEC-R

The INSARAG Steering Group unanimously endorsed the new INSARAG Guidelines 2015, and the new Guidelines is put into effect as of 11 February 2015.

Please be informed that the 2015 Guidelines consist of three volumes:

Volume I: Policy 

Volume II: Preparedness and Response

Manual A: Capacity Building

Manual B: Operations

Manual C: IEC/Rs Guide 

Volume III: Operational Field Guide

The INSARAG Guidelines Volume II, Manual C provides guidance to teams aiming to achieve INSARAG External Classification (IEC) or aim to renew their IEC through an INSARAG External Reclassification (IER) process. It describes these two processes that form the INSARAG Classification System. It furthermore provides guidance for peer reviewers on how to conduct an IEC/IER.

IEC/Rs taking place after 1 April 2015 will be based on the IEC/R Checklist 2015 found in Volume II, Manual C - IEC/R Process.

The new guidelines and excel version of IEC Checklist 2018 (English Version) (Spanish Version)
IEC Checklist 2015 in French

 For any further information, please contact INSARAG Secretariat at insarag@un.org.

BACKGROUND OF INSARAG EXTERNAL CLASSIFICATION (IEC)

Japan IEC 2010

Over the past decade disasters around the world, affecting urban areas of high density populations living and working in concrete and reinforced concrete single and multi story dwellings, has increased the need for sophisticated USAR capabilities. While deployment of international USAR teams has been of great benefit to trapped victims and the affected country, lessons learned have revealed the need for responding USAR teams to be integrated within a well coordinated system to ensure the most appropriate use of available USAR resources. Therefore, INSARAG saw a need to classify international USAR teams according to their operational capabilities in order to ensure that only qualified and appropriate international USAR resources are deployed to an emergency.

The INSARAG community acknowledges the importance of providing rapid professional USAR support during disasters which result in structural collapse.  In an effort to achieve this objective and the need to ensure that only qualified and appropriate international USAR resources are deployed to an emergency, the INSARAG community has developed a voluntary, independent, peer review process, the INSARAG External Classification (IEC).

To ensure that a USAR team’s international response capability remains current and continues to subscribe to the INSARAG methodology, the INSARAG External Reclassification (IER) process has also been endorsed. Taken together these two processes form the INSARAG Classification System.

Being established in 2005, this system is designed to ensure that assisting countries send a team with the required capabilities. It also plays a major role in ensuring that the appropriate resources are assigned to the appropriate sites as soon as possible. The INSARAG USAR team classification system has identified three levels of classification. These are Light, Medium and Heavy USAR teams. Details of the requirements that teams need to achieve in order to be classified, application to the IEC and all other relevant details are listed in the IEC/IER Guidelines.

IEC APPLICATION

Once a USAR team and its sponsoring organisation have agreed to undergo the IEC, it is required to submit an application to the INSARAG Secretariat making use of the IEC Application Phase 1 Form (Annex E of the IEC/IER Guidelines).

The requirements for this application are as follows:

  • The country’s INSARAG Focal Point is required to submit a written application to the INSARAG Secretariat stating that the USAR team would voluntarily like to undergo an IEC;
  • This application must be submitted to the INSARAG Secretariat a minimum of two years prior to the planned date.However it is important to note that due to the demand for IECs, it is more likely that the team will have to wait longer than two years before it can be scheduled;
  • This application must be completed in English where possible. Where this is not possible, a covering letter in English must accompany any non-English documents briefly explaining its contents;
  • Regardless of whether a USAR team is an official government team, a non-governmental team or combination thereof, it requires the formal support of the country’s INSARAG Focal Point in order to be eligible to undergo an IEC;
  • The application form includes the requirements for the abbreviated Portfolio of Evidence (PoE). 

Upon receipt of the written application and the abbreviated PoE, the INSARAG Secretariat will evaluate whether the USAR team in questionis likely to attain the standards required for the IEC within the available timeline. If the INSARAG Secretariat is satisfied with the initial substantiation of the team’s capability, it will:

  • Inform that country’s INSARAG Focal Point in writing that the team has been successful in its application;
  •   Allocate a provisional IEC exercise date;
  • Enter the IEC into the schedule of upcoming IECs which is available on the Virtual OSOCC.

On the issue of prioritising teams on the IEC queue, a decision given by the INSARAG Steering Group in 2010 says that for the new teams requesting for an IEC, the relevant INSARAG Regional Group during their annual regional meeting will discuss and present recommendations in the next INSARAG Steering Group meeting on the geographical spread of the IEC and recommend the priority of teams to be classified in their region.

If the INSARAG Secretariat is not satisfied with the initial substantiation of the team’s capabilities, it will inform that country’s INSARAG Focal Point in writing indentifying the areas of concern.

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IEC

The primary intention of the INSARAG External Classification  (IEC) system is to provide a better understanding of the individual abilities of USAR teams making themselves available for international assistance. Having teams classified according to a standard will enable disaster-affected countries to prioritise acceptance of international response support from USAR Teams who can add proven value to their national capacity. The IEC is an independent, verifiable, voluntary process that has received unanimous acceptance through the INSARAG.

The USAR teams that are IEC, IER and IER2 classified from 2005 to 2017 are listed below (with their classification level): 

 

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No. Year IEC and IER Teams Country RG Level
1 2005 Central Rescue Services of Budapest (CRSB) HUN AEME Heavy
2 2006 UK ISAR GBR AEME Heavy
3 2007 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
4 2007 USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 USA Americas Heavy
5 2007 USAR.NL NLD AEME Heavy
6 2007 Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) GER AEME Heavy
7 2007 ISAR Germany GER AEME Medium
8 2008 Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team SGP AP Heavy
  2008 Swedish International Fast Response Team (SWIFT) SWE AEME Heavy
9 2008 Swiss Rescue CH AEME Heavy
10 2008 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service TF#1 AUS AP Heavy
  2008 Norwegian Search and Rescue Team NOR AEME Medium
11 2009 USAR Poland POL AEME Heavy
12 2009 Icelandic International USAR Team (ICE-SAR) ICE AEME Medium
13 2009 China International Search and Rescue (CISAR) PRC AP Heavy
14 2009 Abu Dhabi Police USAR Team UAE AEME Medium
2R 2009 UK ISAR GBR AEME Heavy
15 2010 Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR) JPN AP Heavy
16 2010 Danish Search and Rescue Team (DEMA) DNK AEME Heavy
17 2010 Belgium First Aid and Support Team (B-Fast) BEL AEME Medium
18 2010 Czech Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR CZ) CZE AEME Heavy
19 2010 Pompiers de l'Urgence Internationale (PUI) FRA AEME Medium
20 2011 Lithuanian Emergency Response Team (LERT) LTU AEME Medium
21 2011 Search and Rescue Unit Vorarlberg (SARUV) AUT AEME Medium
22 2011 Central Airmobile Rescue Team of EMERCOM of Russia RUS AEME Heavy
23 2011 AKUT Search and Rescue Association TUR AEME Medium
24 2011 Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) KOR AP Heavy
25 2011 Emergencia Respuesta Immediata Comunidad de Madrid (ERICAM) ESP AEME Medium
26 2011 Unidad Militar de Emergencias USAR (SP USAR UME) ESP AEME Medium
3R 2011 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
5R 2011 USAR.NL NLD AEME Heavy
27 2012 Sultanate of Oman National Search & Rescue Team OMN AEME Medium
28 2012 FinnRescue (FRF) FIN AEME Heavy
29 2012 New South Wales Task Force (NSWTF/1) AUS AP Heavy
30 2012 Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) AUT AEME Heavy
31 2012 Hungarian National Integrated Organisation for Rescue Services (HUSZAR) HUN AEME Medium
32 2012 Istanbul AFAD USAR Team (TURKUSAR) TUR AEME Heavy
4R 2012 USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 USA Americas Heavy
1R 2012 Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services (HUNOR) HUN AEME Heavy
6R 2012 Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) GER AEME Heavy
7R 2012 ISAR Germany GER AEME Medium
33 2013 Jordanian SAR Team (JSAR) JOR AEME Heavy
34 2013 Republican Special Response Team BLR AEME Heavy
8R 2013 Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team SGP AP Heavy
  2013 Swedish International Fast Response Team (SWIFT) (Reclassification) SWE AEME Heavy
9R 2013 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service TF#1 AUS AP Heavy
10R 2013 UAE USAR (Medium to Heavy) UAE AEME Heavy
35 2014 Military Units of French Civil Protection HUSAR (UIISC 1) FRA AEME Heavy
36 2014 Military Units of French Civil Protection HUSAR (UIISC 7) FRA AEME Heavy
37 2014 RO USAR ROM AEME Medium
38 2014 Mobile Rescue Team UKR AEME Heavy
39 2014 Morocco USAR Team MOR AEME Heavy
11R 2014 Swiss Rescue CH AEME Heavy
12R 2014 USAR Poland POL AEME Heavy
13R 2014 Icelandic International USAR Team (ICE-SAR) ICE AEME Medium
14R 2014 China International Search and Rescue (CISAR) PRC AP Heavy
40 2015 New Zealand Urban Search and Rescue NZ AP Heavy
41 2015 Saudi Search and Rescue Team (SASART) Saudi AEME Heavy
42 2015 ARMENIA URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM (AMUSAR) ARM AEME Medium
43 2015 Estonian Disaster Relief Team (EDRT) EST AEME Medium
44 2015 Qatar Search and Rescue Team (QSART) QAT AEME Heavy
15R 2015 Japan Disaster Relief Team (JDR) JAP AP Heavy
16R 2015 Danish Search and Rescue Team (DEMA) DNK AEME Heavy
17R 2015 Belgium First Aid and Support Team (B-Fast) BEL AEME Medium
18R 2015 Czech Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR CZ) CZE AEME Heavy
19R 2015 Pompiers de l'Urgence Internationale (PUI) FRA AEME Medium
45 2016 Special Malaysia Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (SMART) MAL AP Heavy
46 2016 Siberian Regional USAR RUS AEME Medium
20R 2016 Unidad Militar de Emergencias USAR (SP USAR UME) ESP AEME Medium
21R 2016 Emergencia Respuesta Immediata Comunidad de Madrid (ERICAM) ESP AEME Medium
22R 2016 Search and Rescue Unit Vorarlberg (SARUV) AUT AEME Medium
23R 2016 Central Airmobile Rescue Team of EMERCOM of Russia RUS AEME Heavy
24R 2016 Lithuanian Emergency Response Team (LERT) LTU AEME Medium
25R 2016 Korea Disaster Relief Team (KDRT) KOR AP Heavy
1RR 2016 USAID Fairfax County USAR TF#1 USA Americas Heavy
2RR 2016 UK ISAR GBR AEME Heavy
47 2017 USAR-SOUTH AFRICA SA AEME Medium
48 2017 AFAD-2 Ankara USAR Team TUR AEME Heavy
26R 2017 USAR AFAD-1 TUR AEME Heavy
3RR 2017 USAID LA County Fire Dpt. USAR TF #2 USA Americas Heavy
4RR 2017 ISAR Germany GER AEME Medium
5RR 2017 Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) GER AEME Heavy
6RR 2017 Hungarian National Organization for Rescue Services (HUNOR) HUN AEME Heavy
27R 2017 Hungarian National Integrated Organisation for Rescue Services (HUSZAR) HUN AEME Medium
28R 2017 New South Wales Task Force 2 (AUS-2) AUS AP Heavy
29R 2017 Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) AUT AEME Heavy
49 2017 H-USAR, Algeria ALG AEME  Heavy 
50 2017 Bomberos de Chile CHL Americas Medium
30R 2017 Sultanate of Oman National Search & Rescue Team OMN AEME Medium
31R 2018 FinnRescue Team FIN AEME Heavy
51 2018 SNGRD Team Colombia COL Americas Medium
32R 2018 AKUT Search and Rescue Association TUR AEME Medium
33R 2018 RSR Republican Special Response Belarus BEL AEME Heavy
7RR 2018 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service TF#1 AUS AP Heavy
8RR 2018 Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team SGP AP Heavy

 

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