ACRO/Procedures and Checklists


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This page contains procedures and checklists that provide guidance on various operational and administrative processes. Many are under development. Definitions for the various terms found on the ACRO wiki are listed here.


[edit] Emergency Notification to ACRO

This procedure outlines the process that occurs to activate ACRO and determine the initial response in the event of a cave incident. Intended for tasking agencies and cave rescue regional coordinators.

There are three aspects that need to be considered...

  • A central contact point for emergencies
  • A conferencing process between tasking agency and responder overhead team to determine urgency, initial response actions, etc.
  • The ability to contact all members quickly in the event of a call-out and provide initial information and call-back instructions

[edit] ACRO Member Call-Out

These procedures provide information on how members can be notified and be able to provide an upate on their status to respond in the event of an activation (standby or callout).

If you receive a voicemail from ACRO's automated callout system, you may still be able to respond to the callout by:

Calling into Hear a Message

1. Dial 877.698.3261 (Additional numbers are 866.321.4255 or 614.384.2335).

2. You will hear the prompt "To listen to your Group's latest message, press 1." Press 1.

  • If the phone number from which you are calling is not the phone where you normally receive

messages you will be prompted to enter the phone number which does receive messages.

3. You will hear a prompt telling you of the most recent message. At the prompt press 1 to listen to this most recent message or to listen to a prior message press 2.

4. Your message is played, and if the Group Leader requests a touch-tone response, you may press it at any time the message is playing.

[edit] Cave Rescue Pre-Plans

Cave Rescue Preplans

[edit] Cave Rescue Roles & Responsibilities Checklists

[edit] Safety Information

ACRO is considered an "employer" under the Occupational Health and Safety legislation and as such must follow all requirements related to employer responsibilities, reporting and record keeping.

Hazardous condition / near miss

If a condition exists that places or may place someone in danger, cause damage to property, or the environment; a STOP command should be given. *ANYONE can give the STOP command

If a STOP command is given, everyone should freeze in their positions. If rope systems are being operated and ropes are being held, do not let go.

The situation is then investigated by the Safety Officer, Team Leader or Event Coordinator. The situation should be assessed and appropriate hazard mitigation measures taken.

Hazardous conditions / near misses must be reviewed and documented. The more near misses and hazardous conditions are reported, the better the chances of preventing an incident BEFORE it happens.

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WCB Contact Patrick Brophy (780) 498-7403, AEMA Employer Number 2979432. NOTE: If no medical attention (doctor) sought, fill out first aid report, keep for 3 years, tell the worker to notify ACRO immediately if experiencing symptoms or concerns and to see a doctor, tell the doctor that they are SAR worker and that a WCB form needs to be filled. Give copy of first aid report to worker.

[edit] Personal Equipment Checklist

Personal Equipment Checklist

[edit] Creating a contact list from the ITM Database

exporting the ITM member database

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