This season we will be introducing new patrol and incident forms
for our patrols. These forms have not had a major update in the
past 10 years. The Patrol Captains report has had a minor face lift
while the Incident form has had major changes. We have updated the
layout and will be collecting some new information.
There is a number of reason the changes have been made:
- Collecting better information for patrol and incident
- Reducing the incident reporting required.
- Better quality of information and reporting.
- Better alignment with the new PAM system.
- Alignment with reporting for other emergency services.
The biggest changes are:
- An "assist" has been added for situations that were not life
- There is a minor first aid that will not require a full
- The patient details for major incidents will be on a separate
form to allow for better information and a more detailed handover
to other services.
- The forms and PAM system have been changed to allow for easier
The forms will be available online next week for clubs to
download when needed and we will have the old style pads available
for purchase. We will also be giving each club a tablet that will
be wifi capable to be able to record patrol information at the
In the next few week we will be going to each area to run
training of the new PAM system specifically for Patrol coordinators
so they can set up patrols in the PAM system before the season
Patrol Captains Report Form changes
There are changes to the layout of the form to make this easier
to input the data to PAM.
We have added boxes for the patrol members first and last names,
SLSNZ ID number and patrol role. In the past we have had forms with
nick names of just first names and have not been able to find these
people when entering into PAM.
Headcounts are now in a vertical table and we have extended the
times for the future.
There is an "Other" section in the equipment list to allow for
extra equipment that maybe use on patrol.
The biggest change is the way we will report the incidents.
We have added "people assisted" and "Minor incidents" to our
Rescues have been split into people "Rescued" and people
"assisted" to allow for more structured reporting. See the
descriptors below for details of what each of these are.
Rescue - Where
a person requires immediate help to return to shore (or place of
safety) and who without intervention would have suffered distress,
injury or drowning. They are unable to remove themselves from the
situation by themselves. This does not include our members
that are participating in SLS organised activities (e.g. training,
competition, junior surf).
Assist - Where
a person requires assistance to return to shore but would most
likely be able to get themselves out of danger - not immediately
threat to life.
First Aid has been split into Minor and Major first aid
incidents. In the past we have about 70% of all first aid incidents
were minor (stings, cuts…) that required no follow up or reporting.
To save the time of the lifeguards and administrators we have cut
out the need to report on minor first aid incidents.
Minor First Aid
- Any incident where a victim is administered some form of minor
medical treatment - minor cut, bluebottle sting, minor strain or
Major First Aid
- Any incident where a victim need a higher level of medical
intervention and results in the requirement for further medical
treatment or is handed to another agency (Ambulance, doctor…)
Incident Reporting changes
The most significant change here to have a specific patient form
that allows us to capture more information about patients involved
in major incidents. The incident report form will be completed for
all incidents and in most cases that will be all that is required.
In the cases where a patient is referred to doctor, hospital or is
missing the Patient form is required to record specific
Incident report form
The layout have had major changes to flow better and allow
easier entry to PAM.
Police tasking and incident analysis has been added
We have added incident conditions to record the conditions at
the time of the incident which could differ from the start of
There is room to add in 5 patients in cases where they were left
in a stable condition.
Patient report form
This is a new form that will allow for extensive detail about a
patient and the incident they are involved in. All of the sections
are explained on the cover of the pad of the reverse of the form if
Patient details are similar to the old form but set in a more
Incident reason relates to the specific patient.
There is plenty of space of injury treatment details and a full
section for patient vitals at various times.
There is a full search section that allows for full details and
will be a good guide for lifeguards to capture all of the important