Sunday, November 18, 2012

SOPS Travel Planning.

The person who was going into the field in conjunction with the office defining "on paper" the route they are taking to get to their destination and the estimated time of travel between way points. This plan is then agreed with a "responsible person" who gets a copy of the travel plan and the agreed schedule of contacts (times and places) along route would be made. If a scheduled contact is not made then it becomes the responsible person's role to act according to the company's emergency plan.

We are still working out an emergency plan and we will be doing that by agreeing to contact AMSA at a prearranged trigger time based on the actual sortie. In the fullness of time we will standardise this if appropriate.

The trip details along with the contact of the responsible person will be registered with AMSA.

The communication equipment and survival equipment carried is also on the travel plan along with the planned usage.

ELB. A GME Emergency Locator Beacon. It is approved for use in aircraft and registered with AMSA. In the event I have to hike this unit is compact enough to fit in a crib bag and will be with me where ever I am.

Sat Phone - number in Travel Plan. Always on and tested before departure.

UHF - set to Channel 40 or client's frequency (or scan). Always on and tested before or soon after departure.

Water, shelter (swag) and food for two days or whatever is appropriate.  

Take breaks every two hours of driving and have a cup of.

Journeys not preagreed to be "Remote" - Note that position reporting needn't be restricted to remote areas however a simple verbal commitment to, for instance "send an SMS when I change flights at airport XYZ" ,once made, must be adhered to.