Incident Command Support (Entry Level)


 The Incident Command Support role is fundamental within Alabama Search and Rescue, serving as the backbone of our operational command structure. This role involves working closely with incident commanders and other support units, ensuring seamless coordination, effective communication, and optimal utilization of resources during search and rescue missions.

​The Support Specialist is responsible for providing logistical and operational support to the field teams. They will coordinate with the Field Team Leader and Incident Command to ensure all necessary resources and equipment are available during search and rescue operations.

Operational Environment:

Incident Command Support operates in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, where quick thinking, adaptability, and precise communication are crucial. The ability to handle stress, make informed decisions, and work cohesively with various units is essential to ensure the success of search and rescue missions.

Additional Considerations:

This role is pivotal and requires a deep commitment, attention to detail, and a proactive approach. It’s an opportunity to work within a dedicated team, ensuring that operations are executed efficiently, and that help reaches those in need swiftly and safely. Individuals passionate about making a meaningful impact and willing to contribute their skills and knowledge to enhance our mission effectiveness are encouraged to apply.

Physical Demand
Technical Expertise
Administrative Work


  • Assist in the implementation and management of incident command systems during missions, facilitating efficient deployment of resources and personnel.
  • Maintain clear and effective communication channels between different teams and units, ensuring that essential information is relayed promptly and accurately.
  • Oversee the allocation and availability of necessary resources and equipment, managing logistical needs and addressing any issues that may arise.
  • Record and maintain crucial information and data related to incidents, ensuring accurate documentation and availability of essential details for decision-making.
  • Support incident commanders in assessing the evolving situation, providing insights and information to aid in strategic planning and execution.

Must Have

  • Ability to work cohesively with diverse team members and contribute positively to the team dynamic.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to ensure clear and effective information exchange.
  • Capacity to think critically and solve problems effectively in high-pressure situations.
  • Ability to be available for training and missions, including on short notice or during non-standard hours.
  • Openness to acquiring new skills and knowledge and adapting to evolving protocols and procedures.

Nice to have

  • Previous experience or training in search and rescue operations, emergency medical services, or related fields.
  • Relevant certifications such as First Aid, CPR, wilderness survival, etc.
  • Previous experience in leading or coordinating teams, especially in high-pressure or emergency situations.
  • Familiarity with local geography, terrain, and environmental conditions can be advantageous in search and rescue operations.
  • Ability to speak multiple languages can be beneficial in communicating with diverse communities or individuals in distress.
  • Familiarity with search and rescue operations and protocols.