Working Groups

TRAINING WORKING GROUP

The INSARAG Training Working Group (TWG) was established with a mandate to focus on the development of training standards and content for the INSARAG community. The TWG takes its direction from the INSARAG Secretariat which, in turn, follows direction given by the INSARAG Steering Committee. The group meets two to three times a year. The reports of this working group's meetings can be found below.  

TWG Romania

Chair of TWG, Mr. Dewey Perks 

 Name  Country  Position   Email
Dewey Perks USA Chair dperks@ofda.gov
Graeme Hall Australia Member graeme.hall@qfes.qld.gov.au
David Sochor Switzerland Member/GRG david.sochor@eda.admin.ch
Kira Chebakova Russia Fed. Member kira_chebakova@mail.ru
Sean Moore United Kingdom Member smoore@fireresilience.org.uk
Jacob Bolwinkel Denmark Member jeb@brs.dk
Tsukasa Katsube Japan Member Katsube.tsukasa.3@jica.go.jp
Peter Goxharaj Germany Member peter.goxharaj@thw.de
IRO Rep   Member   As nominated by IRO

 

2019

TWG Meeting Santiago de Chile October 2019

Chairman's summary

 

TWG Meeting Muscat June 2019

The meeting was hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, Royal Oman Police (ROP), Public Authority for Civil Defense and Ambulance (PACDA), in Muscat, Oman. The meeting would not have been possible without the excellent support and generous hospitality of PACDA.

TWG Meeting Notes Muscat June 2019 Final Note

2018

Working Group Meeting, Germany, December 2018

The INSARAG Training Working Group, including representatives from the Team Leaders and Information Management Working Group, met in Berlin from the 10th to the 13th of December. The Group were hosted by Albrecht Broemme, President of THW, at the Regional THW Office in Berlin, and key agenda items for the meeting included; The development of the INSARAG Classification Team Leaders and Mentors Training Course, The continued development of USAR Coordination Course and harmonisation with OSOCC methodology, and Revision of INSARAG Guidelines Volume II, Manual C.

TWG Meeting Notes Berlin 18 Final Draft

 

Meeting during Team Leader Meeting, September 2018

TWG: Continues working with other WGs on guideline revisions, a new IEC/IER checklist, and a reformatted TL/Mentor course.

Training WG update 

 

Working Group Meeting, Denmark, April 2018

INSARAG Training Working Group (TWG) met in Tinglev, Denmark in the DEMA Emergency Services College from 15 to 18 April 2018

Meeting Note

2014

FIRST MEETING, MARCH 2014 in ABU DHABI, UAE

SECOND MEETING, SEPTEMBER 2014 in QATAR

Member

2013

FIRST MEETING, MARCH 2013 IN LUZERN, SWITZERLAND

SECOND MEETING, JUNE 2013 IN BERN, SWITZERLAND

THIRD MEETING, SEPTEMBER 2013 IN THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

Member

2012

FIRST MEETING,17-25 MARCH 2012 IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
INSARAG Website
INSARAG Document Management Procedure
Guidelines Division ISG and OPS
INSARAG Governance PP v0.1
INSARAG OPS Trng Performance & Equip Standard April 2012_V2
INSARAG Advisory Organisation Advisory Process v1.0
Outcomes from TLs Governance Workshop V1.0
USAR Team Description TL Meeting Australia 2012 v2

SECOND MEETING, 4-10 NOVEMBER 2012, LOS ANGELES, USA
The meeting was hosted by the LA County USAR Section (USA 2) and was
conducted in Los Angeles, USA, from the 4th – 10th November 2012. Please find attached the Chairman Summary .

2011

FIRST MEETING, 30 MARCH-03 APRIL 2011, COSTA RICA
The first meeting of the INSARAG TWG in 2011 took place from 30 March–03 April 2011 in Costa Rica back to back with the INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting. Below is the Chairman Summary of this meeting. Please note that the outcomes of this working group are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.
Chairman Summary 

SECOND MEETING, 9-15 OCTOBER 2011, UAE
The second and last meeting of the INSARAG TWG in 2011 took place from 9-15 October 2011 in UAE.

2010

FIRST MEETING, 25-29 JANUARY 2010, SINGAPORE
The first meeting of the INSARAG TWG in 2010 took place from 25-29 January 2010 in Singapore. Below is the Executive Summary and outcomes of this meeting. Please note that the outcomes of this working group are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.

Agenda and Executive Summary
Establishing National USAR Capacity
Minimum Operational Levels for Light USAR Teams
Minimum Operational Levels for Medium and Heavy USAR Teams

SECOND MEETING, 13-17 DECEMBER 2010, GERMANY
The second and last meeting of the INSARAG TWG in 2010 took place from 13-17 December 2010 in Germany. Below is the Chairman Summary and outcomes of this meeting. Please note that the outcomes of this working group are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group

 

MEDICAL WORKING GROUP

The INSARAG Medical Working Group (MWG) in keeping with UN General Assembly Resolution 57/150 on "Strengthening the Effectiveness and Coordination of International Urban Search and Rescue Assistance" aims to the enhance the INSARAG Guidelines that will enable the medical component of a USAR team and develop relevant medical guidance notes. MWG was established in 2008 with the endorsement from the INSARAG Steering Committee in 2007. This inter-regional working group aims to focus on the medical requirements of international USAR teams being deployed outside their countries of origin. The group meets two to three times a year. The reports of this working group's meetings can be found below. The medical guidance notes prepared by this working group and endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group can be found at the 'Methodology' tab.

MWG Photo

Chair of MWG: Dr. Anthony Macintyre 

 

 Name  Country Organisation  Region  Position Email
Anthony Macintyre USA USAID Americas Chair macintyr@gwu.edu
Peng Bibo China China China Asia-Pacific Member pengbibo0610@sina.com
Thomas Eckhardt Netherlands USAR.NL AEME Member thomas.eckhardt@ggdhaaglanden.nl; tecki@worldmail.nl
Malcom Russell UK ISAR AEME Member malcolm.russell@prometheusmed.com
Simon Woodmore UK SARAID AEME Member simon.woodmore@lond-amb.nhs.uk
Rudi Coninx WHO WHO AEME Member coninxr@who.int
Magali Jeanteur France PUI AEME Member mjeanteur@gmail.com
Yasushi Nakajima Japan   Asia-Pacific Member nakajiji@gmail.com
Hector Fuentes Australia AUS-1 DART  Asia-Pacific Member hfue333@hotmail.com
Dan Nemet (TBC) Israel ISR-1 AEME Member Dan.Nemet@clalit.org.il 
Trevor Glass UK   AEME Associate Technical Expert Member trevorglass00@gmail.com>

                                           

 2019

MWG products during the Team Leaders Course in Chile 20109

Attachment A - Attachment B - Attachment C - Attachment E - Attachment F - Attachment G - Attachment H

Chairmans Summary

 2019

Here you can find the Patient treatment form 

INSARAG USAR Medical Team acceptance document

 2018

Attached the updated of the Medical Working Group, which was held in Romania 

Medical WG update

2017 

The INSARAG Medical Working Group (MWG) met in Bali, Indonesia, on the 16-17 October 2017.
This meeting was hosted by BASARNAS of the Indonesia Government and co-organised by the INSARAG Secretariat.
Representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) participated in the meeting as well.

A-Agenda
B-Membership
C-Defining USAR medicine
D-INSARAG USAR Medical Team acceptance
E-Common essential elements of information between USAR and EMT
F-Patient Treatment Form Final
 
INSARAG MWG Meeting Minutes
2015

The INSARAG Medical Working Group (MWG) met in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the 15-16 October 2015.
This meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Interior of the Government of the United Arab Emirates and co-organised by the INSARAG Secretariat.
Representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) participated in the meeting as well.
Chairman's summary of MWG Meeting 2015

2012

FIRST MEETING, 19-23 MARCH 2012, AUSTRALIA
The first meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2012 took place from 19-23 March 2012 in Australia parallel with the INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting. Below is the Chairman Summary and outcomes of this meeting. Please note that these outcomes are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.
Chairman Summary (English)
Patient Treatment Record

2011

FIRST MEETING, 30 MARCH-03 APRIL 2011, COSTA RICA
The first meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2011 took place from 30 March–03 April 2011 in Costa Rica back to back with the INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting. Below is the Chairman Summary and outcomes of this meeting. Please note that these outcomes are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.

Final Chairman Summary INSARAG MWG 2011 (English)
Annex A MWG Participants List
Annex B Final MWG Meeting Agenda
Annex C Emerg2011Poster
Annex D Cuba Meeting Proceedings
Annex E Survival Interval in Earthquake Entrapments
Annex F Optimizing Medical Response to Large Scale Disasters The Ad Hoc Collaborative Health Care System Letter to editor

SECOND MEETING, 18-22 NOVEMBER 2011, SOUTH AFRICA
The second and last meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2011 took place from 18-22 November 2011 in South Africa back to back with the INSARAG/UNDAC Awareness Training. Please note that these outcomes are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.
Chairman Summary

Outcomes of the meeting can be found below:
Medical Relief After Earthquakes: It's Time for a New Paradigm
INSARAG Patient Treatment Record

2010

FIRST MEETING, 21-25 MARCH 2010, UAE
The first meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2010 took place from 21-25 March 2010 in UAE in parallel with the INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting. Please find attached the Chairman Summary and its annexes/outcomes of this meeting. Please note that these outcomes are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.
INSARAG MWG Meeting Chairman Summary (English)
Annex A Meeting Participants
Annex B MWG Terms of Reference
Annex C Summary of Discussions Points
Annex D Draft Recovery and Deceased
Annex E Data Collection and Publication
Annex F IEC Expert Classifier CV Form
Annex G IEC Schedule

SECOND MEETING, 24-28 MAY 2010, SWITZERLAND
The second meeting of the INSARAG MWG for 2010 took place from 24-28 May 2010 in Switzerland before the INSARAG Steering Group Meeting. Please find attached the Chairman Summary and its annexes/outcomes of this meeting. Please note that these outcomes are not official INSARAG documents until they are endorsed by the INSARAG Steering Group.
INSARAG MWG Meeting Chairman Summary (English)
INSARAG Guidelines Medical Supplement 24.05.10 - Final.doc
Draft MEDICAL GUIDANCE NOTE Provision of Medical Care
Draft MEDICAL GUIDANCE NOTE Recovery of Deceased  
Draft MEDICAL GUIDANCE NOTE USAR Medical Donations
Draft MEDICAL GUIDANCE NOTE Identification of USAR Medical Personnel 
Draft MEDICAL GUIDANCE NOTE INSARAG Medical Handover Form
Draft MEDICAL GUIDANCE NOTE Post Mission Medical Reporting

THIRD MEETING, 13-17 SEPTEMBER 2010, JAPAN
The third and last meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2010 took place from 13-17 September 2010 in Japan in parallel with the INSARAG Global Meeting. Please find attached the Chairman Summary. 
INSARAG MWG Meeting Chairman Summary (English)

2009

FIRST MEETING, 13-16 JANUARY 2009, UAE
The first meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2009 took place from 13-16 January 2009 in UAE. Please find attached the Chairman Summary and its annexes/outcomes of this meeting.
Chairman Summary

SECOND MEETING, 15-17 APRIL 2009, AUSTRALIA
The second meeting of the INSARAG MWG in 2009 took place from 15-17 April 2009 in Australia. Please find attached the Chairman Summary and its annexes/outcomes of this meeting.
Chairman Summary

2008

FIRST MEETING, 8-10 MAY 2008, UK
The inaugural meeting of the INSARAG MWG took place from 8-10 May 2008 in UK back-to-back with the INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting. Please find attached the Chairman Summary this meeting.
Chairman Summary

 

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT WORKING GROUP

At the annual INSARAG Steering Group Meeting (ISG) in 2017, the group directed the Secretariat to initiate the establishment of the INSARAG IMWG Working Group (IMWG) with clear terms of reference and to request INSARAG regional groups to nominate suitable members. Following the call for nomination, the IMWG was established with the following composition below:

 

IMWG Romania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Chair of IMWG WG, Mr. Peter Wolf

 

Information Management Working Group (ex KoBo)
 Name  Country Organisation  Region   Position   Email
Peter Wolff USAR THW Germany AEME Chair peter.wolff@evonik.com
Robert Norman UK ISAR United Kingdom AEME Member rnormal@hotmail.com
Martijn Boer HQ USAR.NL The Netherlands AEME Member Martijn.Boer@ifv.nl
Chew Keng Tok DART Unit Singapore Singapore Asia - Pacific Member chew_keng_tok@scdf.gov.sg
Jeff Maunder Fire and Emergency NZ New Zealand Asia - Pacific Member Jeff.maunder@fireandemergency.nz
Steven Bayer ISAR Germany Germany AEME Member steven.bayer@isar-germany.de
Solveig Thorvaldsdottir Rainrace Consultancy Iceland AEME Member solveig@rainrace.com
John Morrison USA -1 United States Americas Member john.morrison@fairfaxcounty.gov
Eliot Aidan Robert Fire & Emergency New Zealand New Zealand Asia - Pacific Technical Consultant aidanelliot@gmail.com
Alistair Wikkie MapAction UK AEME  
2019

 

MWG products during the Team Leaders  Meeting in Chile 2019

Chairman Summary , Agenda , Informal Meeting 11 October 2019

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  • The attached workflow explains each phase of the INSARAG process and who completes the appropriate forms. This document is designed to show the INSARAG workflow using the ArcGIS Survey123, Explorer and Dashboard apps.

    ESRI Guide

 

2018
  • Establishing 5 strategic objectives in order to provide an effective data management methodology that will ensure a coordinated and comprehensive collection, analysis and reporting capability.
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  • Information Management WG update

 

  • 2017 

The larger group would facilitate effective taskings and coverage in the operational implementation phase of IMWG in actual disaster response. The IMWG’s primary objective as stated in the ToRs will oversee the ongoing implementation and operationalisation of the IMWG Toolbox in training and in actual field operations. The IMWG will develop jointly with OCHA and Technical Partners, a manual that includes guidance for Information Management, at USAR team management and UCC levels, and activation protocols for actual disaster response. Furthermore, the IMWG will also develop the 5 criteria for the IEC/R checklist 2018.

The first IMWG WEBEX Meeting was held last 29 June 2017 CEST and was fully attended by all the members of the working group 

 

 

LIGHT TEAM QUALITY ASSURANCE WORKING GROUP

2019

Team Leaders Meeting Chile, October 2019

INSARAG Light team Working Group Chairman Summary 

 

Attached, the Classified Light Usar Team Position

 

Completed work of the LTWG:

The document “Introduction LT” describes the concept of International Light Teams. At this moment the Guidelines text for the GRG has been assembled and rewritten on the Light concept and needs a final check to see if it is complete. The results will be shared with you before the coming summer holidays. 

The document “Quality Assurance explanations” describes the advice of the LTWG to the new QAWG. A PowerPoint presentation is added to clarify the text and to show how a classification process could be setup for International Light. And at the same time could be used for a discussion about the classification process for Medium and Heavy in the future in the attempt to reduce the amount of work to assure the existing quality.
 
The document “USAR scale” explains the differences between national, regional and international deployment of USAR teams and the need for the type of quality assurance. The LTWG thinks that this document will clarify the inter-linkage between International Light teams and existing systems National-, Neighbour assistance- and classified International Medium and Heavy teams. A PowerPoint “National Regional and International assistance scale”  is added to show the build-up of a large scale incident.
 
The document “LTWG Meeting Chairman summary Valabre” is a reflection of the work of the LTWG during the final meeting in France in April 2017.

 LTWG Photo

Chair of LTQAWG: Mr Arjan Stam 

 

 Name  Country  Region  Position Email
Arjan Stam Netherlands AEME Chairman arjan.stam@brandweer.vrhm.nl
Rob Davis UK AEME Dep. Chairman Rob.Davis@avonfire.gov.uk
Christophe Debray France AEME Member cdebray55@yahoo.com
Brad Commens Australia Asia-Pacific Member Brad.Commens@qfes.qld.gov.au
Ruihua Zhao China Asia-Pacific Member ceazhaoruihua@126.com
Sebastian Hodapp (Johannes Gust) Germany AEME Member s.hodapp@at-fire.de
John Ball UK AEME Member johncball@hotmail.co.uk
Carlos Julio la Mota Ecuador Americas Member cjlamota@gmail.com
Martin Gomez Lissarrague Argentina Americas Member mglissarrague@gmail.com
Chew Keng Tok Singapore Asia-Pacific Member CHEW_Keng_Tok@scdf.gov.sg
Cem Behar Turkey AEME Member cembehar@gmail.com

 

2018
  • Designing the classification process for Light Teams and preparing the documentation for the implementation of international light teams in the system

Light Team WG update

 

At the INSARAG Steering Group Meeting (ISG) in 2016, the group directed the Secretariat to initiate the establishment of an INSARAG Light Teams Working Group (LTWG) with clear terms of reference and to request INSARAG regional groups to nominate suitable members. Relevant members from existing working groups could be co-opted. The LTWG will take the lead and, following consultations with the regional groups in 2016, present the recommendations to the ISG of 2017 for a decision.

The LTWG is made up of representatives coming from the three INSARAG Regional Groups, and are selected from different USAR Teams Heavy, Medium and non-classified teams selected by the Secretariat. The LTWG is chaired by Arjan Stam, Team leader from the Dutch USAR team, chair of the UCC in the earthquake of Nepal, IEC/IER Team leader and the member of the GRG.

The first meeting of the LTWG was held in Geneva from 15-17 June 2016 and was also attended by the Chair of the TWG Mr Dewey Perks.

Chairman's Summary - First LTWG Meeting 15-17 June 2016

Discussion paper

Proposal External support and Validation process National Accreditation_ENG 

GUIDELINES REVIEW GROUP (GRG) 2018 - 2020

The list of approved members for the GRG from 2018 to 2020

GRG WG Romania

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Co-Chair of GRG, Mr. David Sochor and Mr. Anwar Abdullah 

Name Country Position Email address
David Sochor Switzerland  Co-Chair  david.sochor@eda.admin.ch
Anwar Abdullah Singapore Co-Chair Anwar_abdullah@scdf.gov.sg
Annika Coll Spain Member annika.coll@madrid.org 
Sebastian Mocarquer Chile Member smocarquer@gmail.com
Silvia Ballen Colombia Member silvia.ballen@gestiondelriesgo.gov.co
Johnny Ramírez Zumbado Costa Rica Member j.rz1975@hotmail.com
David Lewis Australia Member David.Lewis@fire.nsw.gov.au
Paul Burns New Zealand Member Paul.Burns@fireandemergency.nz
Chen Hong China Member chenhongicd@163.com
Mohammed Alshahrani Saudi Member engmohd404@gmail.com
Firas Falah Abu Al Sondos Jordan Member Disa_dpt@cdd.gov.jo;  firascdd@yahoo.com;
Samghouli Soufian  Morocco  Member Soufian104@yahoo.fr
Belit Tasdemir Turkey Member belittasdemir@akut.org.tr
Martin Evers Netherlands  Member  martin.evers@vrh.nl
Vasily Evseev Russia Member dmd.mchs@yandex.ru;  timer84@gmail.com 

 

2020                                                                                                                                                        

 The 7th GRG meeting took place from 3 to 5 February in Geneva

Chairman Summary

Annex A - Feedback on INSARAG Guidelines 2020

Annex B - Shifting of Selected Annexes, Forms and Checklists

Annex C - Updates to INSARAG.org (INSARAG Guidelines, TRL, Guidance Notes

 

2019 

The 6th GRG Meeting took place from 9 to 11 December 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands

Chairman Summary

Coverning Note on TRL and Guidance Notes

Annex C _ TRL Navigation Overview

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The 5th GRG Meeting took place from 6 to 8 October 2019 in Santiago de Chile, Chile

Agenda

Meeting Opening

Chairman Summary

GRG Anney A proposal for coour coding system

Key Takeaways for GRG TWG Meeting

 

 

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Final version of the 3rd GRG Meeting Chairman Summary which took place from 4 to 8 February in Geneva during the Humanitarian Network Partnership Week (HNPW)

3rd GRG Meeting Chairman Summary

 

4th Meeting of GRG, 12-14 June 2019, Singapore

The INSARAG Guidelines Review Group(GRG) Meeting hosted by the Co-Chair, Singapore, is taking place this week with 15 expert participants from 11 countries representing the Americas, Africa, Europe, the Middle-East, and the Asia-Pacific regional groups. The INSARAG Steering Group as directed the GRG to conduct the 5 yearly extensive review and consultations with the global network for a version 2020-25, and to be launched at the 30th Anniversary of INSARAG in Warsaw, Poland in October 2020.

The INSARAG Guidelines are the cornerstone of the globally accepted global standards as endorsed by UN GA 57/150 of 16 December 2002 and guides member countries on urban seach and rescue(USAR) preparedness and response arrangements.  

Group Photo 2019 06 12 120029     Photo 2 2019 06 12

 

 

2018 

The GRG 2020 also apprised the TLs on the overall plan and current status of work. 

In the breakout session, the GRG 2020 will engage the TLs on the matter of the Technical Guidance Reference Library/Best Practice. Regular engagement and close coordination with the INSARAG Working Groups is imperative to the achievement of the objective of a comprehensive reviewed Guidelines.  The outcome of this engagement will be captured in the chairman’s summary and be shared with the INSARAG Network.

Guidelines Review WG update