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GEN 3.6  SEARCH AND RESCUE

3.6.1  Responsible service

The authority responsible for the organization of search and rescue services in the Slovak Republic is the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic. The Letové prevádzkové služby Slovenskej republiky, štátny podnik are authorized to co-ordinate search and rescue actions. The search and rescue actions are organized on the basis of multilateral agreement in co-operation with the Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic and the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic, contingently with other state and/or public institutions on the basis of bilateral agreements.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) is established for organization, co-ordination and control of search and rescue missions.

Postal address:

Letové prevádzkové služby Slovenskej republiky, štátny podnik
Rescue Co-ordination Centre
Ivanská cesta 93
823 07 BRATISLAVA 216
Slovak Republic

TEL: +421/2/43 29 24 09

TEL: +421/2/48 57 21 81

TEL: +421/2/48 57 21 82

AFTN: LZIBYCYX

3.6.1.1 Applicable ICAO documents

The services are provided in accordance with the provisions contained in the following ICAO documents:

Differences between national regulations and practices related to ICAO Standards, Recommended Practices and Procedures are given in subsection GEN 1.7.

3.6.2  Area of responsibility

The search and rescue service is responsible for SAR operations within BRATISLAVA FIR.

3.6.3  Types of services

Informations of related rescue units are given in a table of para. GEN 3.6.3.1.

Rescue Co-ordination Centre exploits the following organizations for search and rescue missions, when required:

  1. Facilities, land planes (medium range) and helicopters of the Aeronautical Rescue Service,

  2. Land planes (medium and short range) and helicopters of the other civil aircraft operators,

  3. Police units and other units belongs to the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic,

  4. The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic Air Force units other than the unit for SAR,

  5. The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic units - ground,

  6. Health institutions and local health centres,

  7. Local fire-protection units,

  8. Mountain rescue units,

  9. Forestry institutions,

  10. Units of the other kinds of rescue services (e. g. water, mine etc.).

All military and police helicopters designated for search and rescue operations are equipped with radio stations to communicate with ground rescue teams and with medical service, with medical eguipment for rescue operations in accordance with the Slovak National Regulations, with special facilities for rescue of persons and with fire-extinguisher including specialists on board.

The Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic helicopters are also equipped with direction finding equipment on frequencies 121,500 and 243,000 MHz.

3.6.3.1  Search and rescue units

Name

Location

Facilities

Remarks

1234

Bratislava

481014N 0171253E

NIL

Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC)

helicopters Bell 429, Mi-171

Aeronautical Unit of the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic

Prešov

490147N 0211856E

helicopter Mi-17

Airbase of gen. Ján Ambruš

3.6.4  SAR agreements

NIL

3.6.5  Conditions of availability

The search and rescue service performed by contractors in accordance with agreement is provided free of charge on reciprocal base.

3.6.6  Procedures and signals used

Procedures for pilots in command observing an accident or receiving a distress call and/or message conform to ICAO Annex 12 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation/Chicago 1944/Part 5.

Meteorological information for search and rescue is provided in accordance with the ICAO Procedures for Air Navigational Services, Meteorology Doc 7605 MET/526.

The search and rescue signals to be used are prescribed in ICAO Annex 12 to the Convention to International Civil Aviation, Chapter 5, provision 5.10.

3.6.7   Communications

3.6.7.1 The search and rescue facilities operate on the following frequencies: 121,500 MHz, 243,000 MHz and 406,000 MHz.

Emergency frequency used by all aeronautical stations is 121,500 MHz.

Aircraft and vehicles executing search and rescue operations use the frequency 123,100 MHz. For communications the codes and abbreviations published in ICAO Doc 8400 Abbreviations and Codes are used.

Aircraft and vehicles executing search and rescue operations use the call sing ”RESCUE” and additional identification marks Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.

3.6.7.2 GROUND-AIR VISUAL SIGNAL CODE FOR USE BY SURVIVORS

NR

Message

Code symbol

1

Require assistance


2

Require medical assistance


3

No or Negative


4

Yes or Affirmative


5

Proceeding in this direction


Note: Make effort to attract attention by other means such as radio, flares, smoke, reflected light (mirror).

3.6.7.3 GROUND-AIR VISUAL SIGNAL CODE FOR USE BY RESCUE UNITS

NR

Message

Code symbol

1

Operation completed


2

We have found all personnel


3

We have found only some personnel


4

We are not able to continue. Returning to base


5

Have divided into two groups, each proceeding in direction indicated


6

Information received that aircraft is in this direction


7

Nothing found. Will continue to search


For use of visual signals:

  1. Make symbols at least 2,5 m (8 ft) long.

  2. Lay out symbols exactly as shown.

  3. Provide as much colour contrast as possible between symbols and background.