In order to do what we do as a professional and effective service we must have standards. In some cases those are internally created and maintained but our high performing members and in other cases we must look at what is 'best practise' and necessary standards and work in compliance of that.
Some examples of of those international and global established standards include:
- Humanitarian Principles: The Fundamental Principles of the IRC & RC Movement
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- United Nations - International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG)
- United Nations - Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC)
- United Nations - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
- United Nations - Civil Military Coordination (UN CM-Coord / CIMIC - Mil)
- Oslo Guidelines - Guidelines on Use Of Foreign Military & Civil Defence Assets In Disaster Relief (Opens Document)
- World Health Organisation - Foreign Medical Team Standards (WHO FMT / EMT)
- US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) - Technical Rescue Standards
- United Kingdom (UK) DEFRA Flood Rescue Concept of Operations (Opens Document)
- National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians - USA
We also train and observe internal standards such as the selection and use of kit and equipment, uniforming, fitness, medical and healthcare practises etc.