Acronyms

Acronym Definition
ALS Advanced Life Support
ART Advanced Rescue Technician
AFRCC Air Force Rescue Coordinator Center
ATC Air Traffic Control
A/C Aircraft
ATV All Terrain Vehicle
ARC American Red Cross
ASRC Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference
AHJ Authority Having Jurisdiction
BLS Basic Life Support
BRT Basic Rescue Technician
BDSAR Black Diamond Search and Rescue
BVRS Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad
BRMRG Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group
COQ Call Out Qualified
CCERT Campus Community Emergency Response Team
CPR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
CDC Center for Disease Control
CAP Civil Air Patrol
COVSAR Commonwealth of Virginia Search and Rescue
CSAR Commonwealth Search and Rescue
CERT Community Emergency Response Team
CONUS Continental United States
UTC Coordinated Universal Time
CSP Crime Scene Preservation
CISM Critical Incident Stress Management
CIS Critical Indicent Stress
DOD Department of Defense
DOF Department of Forestry
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DOI Department of Interior
DOT Department of Transportation
DF Direction Finding
ELB Emergency Locator Beacon
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter
EMS Emergency Management System
EMT-B Emergency Medical Technician Basic
EMT-E Emergency Medical Technician Enhanced
EMT-I Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate
EMT-P Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic
EOC Emergency Operations Center
EPIRB Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon
EPLO Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer
ESF Emergency Support Function
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETD Estimated Time of Departure
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAST Foundations of Awareness, Signcutting, and Tracking
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FOG Field Operations Guide
FTL Field Team Leader
FTM Field Team Member
FTS Field Team Signcutter
FLIR Forward Looking Infared
FAST Foundations of Awareness, Signcutting, and Tracking
GIS Geographic Information System
GPS Global Positioning System
GSAR Ground Search and Rescue College
HazMat Hazardous Material
HTR Heavy Technical Rescue
ICP Incident Command Post
ICS Incident Command System
IC Incident Commander
IS Incident Staff
IAP Initial Action Plan
IPP Initial Planning Point
LKP Last Known Position
LOS Line of Sight
LPB Lost Person Behavior
MLSO Management of Land Search Operations
MTL Management Team Leader
MTM Management Team Member
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MGRS Military Grid Refernce System
MARG Mountain Area Rescue Group
MRA Mountain Rescue Association
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NAWAS National Alert Warning System
NASAR National Association of Search and Rescue
NCRC National Cave Rescue Committee
NFPA National Fire Protection Association
NIMS National Incident Management System
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPS National Park Service
NRF National Response Framework
NSARC National Search and Rescue Committee
NSP National Search and Rescue Plan
NSS National Speleological Society
NTAP National Track Analysis Program
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
NWS National Weather Service
NATS Natural Awareness Tracking School
NRV New River Valley
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OOC Officer On Call
OSC On-Scene Coordinator
PLB Personal Locator Beacon
PPE Personal Protective Equipment
PSAR Preventative Search and Rescue
PSAR Piedmont Search and Rescue
PLS Point Last Scene
POA Probability of Area
POC Probability of Containment
POD Probability of Detection
POS Probability of Success
PIO Public Information Officer
PR Public Relations
ROC Rescue Onscene Commander
RTL Rescue Team Leader
RTM Rescue Team Member
RA Responsible Agent
SATCOM Satellite Communications
SAP Search Action Plan
SAR Search and Rescue
SC Search and Rescue Coordinator
SMC Search Management Coordinator
STL Search Team Leader
STM Search Team Member
SCBA Self-Containted Breathing Apparatus
SWVAMRG Southwest Virginia Mountain Rescue Group
SOG Standard Operating Guidelines
SOP Standard Operating Procedures
SOLO Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities
TAF Task Assessment Form
TF Task Force
TFL Task Force Leader
TFM Task Force Member
TS Technical Specialist
UHF Ultra High Frequency
UC Unified Command
USAF United States Air Force
USCG United States Coast Guard
USFS United States Forest Service
USNG United States National Grid
USN United States Navy
UTM Universal Transverse Mercator
USAR Urban Search and Rescue
VRT Vertical Rescue Technician
VHF Very High Frequency
VAVRS Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
VDEM Virginia Department of Emergency Management
VDFP Virginia Department of Fire Programs
VASARCO Virginia Search and Rescue Council
WMD Weapons of Mass Destruction
WAS Wide Area Search
WEMT Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician
WFA Wilderness First Aid
WFR Wilderness First Responder
WRT Wilderness Rescue Technician