Guy Mansfield, Ph.D.


Guy Mansfield, Ph.D.

Guy Mansfield, Ph.D. has been active in Search and Rescue since 2008, and is a member of Everett Mountain Rescue and the Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue K9 Team. Guy is a co-director of the Washington State SAR Planning Unit, has served as the lead wilderness navigation instructor for Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue, and as Operations Section Chief and Planning Section Chief at some of the larger searches in northwest Washington State.

Smarter SAR: Knowledge Transfer and Clue Management

12 Oct 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Search managers (ICs, PLANS Chiefs, OPS Chiefs) constantly face information overloads that exceed normal human processing capabilities. They need to remember to perform a myriad of important tasks; they need to assemble and analyze complex search plans; they need to maintain a broad and detailed situational awareness as the search unfolds.This session will share three approaches we have developed to help deal with this information overload: (1) SAR PrePlans – for search areas that we are called to again and again; (2) SAR Quick Guides – Condensed SAR management information available on cellphones; and (3) Clue Management – Formalization and standardization of clue management protocols for search teams and search command.




Washington State SAR Planning Unit: A Regional Resource for Advanced Search Planning

13 Oct 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

The Washington State SAR Planning Unit (SSPU) was formed to provide advanced search planning resources to assist regional incident command staff during extended or complex SAR missions.  This session provides an overview of:  Our mission, our team, and the services that we can provide, along with examples of our support at recent search missions.

The primary functions of the SSPU are:  To turn incident information into actionable intelligence; to provide search planning strategies and recommendations; to provide technical mapping services; and to apply modern search theory to challenging search incidents.

The SSPU is a team of experienced SAR volunteers with extensive training in search management and planning.  We operate under the auspices of the Washington State Emergency Management Department.

SSPU services can include:  Search incident analysis; search planning strategies and recommendations; technical mapping services, and application of formal search theory.  This assistance can take the form of:  A Remote Search Plan delivered to on-site Incident Command; an Incident Action Plan; or SSPU staff deploying on scene to staff PLANS functions.

Examples of recent missions will include:  (1) A search for a missing hiker that extended over several months and 9 operational periods; and (2) SSPU planning and operational support for the largest evidence search (for human remains) in Washington State history.