Summer 2015 Search and Rescue (SAR) response posture trial analysis


  1. Chan, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
It has been suggested that the Search and Rescue (SAR) services provided by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) could be improved by rescheduling the squadrons’ shifts. The air SAR squadrons are on 2-hour Response Posture (RP2) except 40 hours in a week. The 40-hour period is divided into five 8-hour shifts in which the squadrons are on 30-minute Response Posture (RP30). The legacy schedule starts each RP30 shift at 08:00 local time on weekdays. Since 2013, some SAR squadrons started rescheduling the RP30 shifts in the summer during the SAR response posture trials. In summer 2015, all five SAR squadrons used different RP30 schedules in the 115-day trial to improve the air SAR service by increasing the chance of a squadron being on RP30 at the time of tasking. This report examines the effectiveness of the approach. The report also derives a set of RP30 schedules that have the daily RP30 shift starts at 08:00 on three weekdays and starts at a different time on weekend. These inhomogeneous schedules improve over the legacy RP30 schedule.

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Search and Rescue;Response Posture
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2019-R013 — Scientific Report
Date of publication
01 May 2019
Number of Pages
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