The Three Principles of Good SAR Operations

(These are really just variations on a theme: festina lente)

Principle #1

Don’t just do something, sit there!

Principle #2

Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast.

Principle #3

Primum non nocere.

  1. Stop. Get others to stop also.
  2. Calm down. Take a breath.
  3. Deal with your tunnel vision.
  4. Listen to others, including the patient.
  5. Make a plan.
  6. Organize people to follow the plan.


P #1. Drew Hardesty

P #2. Various army men

P #3. Thomas Sydenham (perhaps), and the webmaster

Here Is an Extra Principle, for Free

Don’t just train until you can do it right, train until you can’t do it wrong.

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