11.2 Field Training
Field training exercises may be used to extend the missing child
simulation to an imaginary site last seen. See Section
on Targeting. Such exercises
can be used to train potential Core Group (Section
on Core Group) volunteers.
Conduct the recovery simulation as realistically as possible.
- If possible, invite news media to the field exercises. This will
serve two purposes: it will give volunteers realistic experience
with media personnel and it will promote public awareness of preplanning
activities. See Public Affairs.
- Appropriate nametags and forms should be used during the simulation.
See Organization Chart and Forms.
- Consider the possibility of concealing a mannequin representing
a missing child in a location where likelihood of detection is reasonable.
- Field exercises should include realistic briefing and debriefing
on Briefing) (Section
- Use special teams if available: dogs, horses, aircraft, etc.
on Special Search Methods and Tasks).
- Take note of specific needs or specialized equipment that may
be needed in your area.
- At the end of the field training exercises, the core group should
conduct a lessons learned meeting. The LRC Team requests feedback
as you learn from these exercises (Section