GEN 3.6  Search and Rescue

1   RESPONSIBLE SERVICE

1.1   Responsible Authority

SAR within the Brussels FIR is organized in accordance with ICAO SARPS and the overall responsibility for making available the necessary facilities rests with the Belgian Department of Defence.

1.2   Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) and Related Rescue Units

Details of the RCC and related Rescue Units are given in § 2.

In addition, various elements of the State Police Organization, the Merchant Marine, the Armed Forces and private organizations can be made available for SAR missions, when required. The aeronautical maritime and public telecommunication services are available to the SAR organization.

1.3   Applicable ICAO Documents
  • ICAO Annex 12. Search and Rescue
  • ICAO Annex 13. Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation
  • ICAO Doc 7030. Regional Supplementary Procedures
  • ICAO Doc 9731. International Aeronautical and Maritime Search and Rescue (IAMSAR) Manual

2   AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY

2.1   General

The SAR Region coincides with the Brussels FIR/UIR. Operations are performed by military organization under the direction of the Belgian Air Component.

2.2   Rescue Co-ordination Centre

The RCC Brussels for SAR operations is a section of the ATCC / flight MDC located in the CANAC II installation at Steenokkerzeel and operates under the responsibility of Comopsair Brussels.

RCC Brussels, to which all phases of emergency are to be notified, provides the aeronautical SAR services and may call upon the Koksijde and Luxembourg Sub-Centres (RSC) for assistance.

MRCC Oostende provides the maritime SAR services.

The RCC Brussels is in direct liaison with all stations guarding the emergency frequencies and communicates with adjacent RCC, i.e. Fareham (the United Kingdom), Den Helder (the Netherlands), Münster (Germany) and Lyon (France), when necessary.

2.3   Co-ordination with the Neighbouring SAR Organisations

In compliance with ICAO Recommended Practices, RCC Brussels may be called upon to put its available SAR means at the disposal of the neighbouring RCC and to co-operate with SAR operations.

SAR service may be called upon for SAR operations within the national SAR region, and outside that region, on request by a neighbouring RCC.

If a SAR operation necessitates different RCC to co-operate in close conjunction, they will, by mutual arrangements, agree on a directing RCC and one or more associated RCC.

2.4   Rescue Sub-Centre (Belgium)

The RSC Koksijde assures a permanent listening watch on emergency - and search and rescue frequencies during SAR operations.

It initiates SAR operations according to the decision matrix as stated in the Guidelines for Homeland Operations when first advised or when immediate action is required.

It executes SAR operations requested by the RCC Brussels.

It co-ordinates SAR operations within its area of responsibility.

It keeps RCC Brussels informed about SAR operations.

2.5   Contact
2.5.1   Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC)
Post:

Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre
RCC Brussels
Belgian Air Component
CANAC Building
Tervuursesteenweg 303
1820 Steenokkerzeel
BELGIUM

AFS: EBMIYCYX

TEL: +32 (0) 2 751 46 15

TEL: +32 (0) 2 752 44 52

TEL: +32 (0) 2 752 44 77

FAX: +32 (0) 2 752 42 01

TEL: 1026 (Belgocontrol - ATS network security)

TEL: 9-2623-4452 (MIL network)

Email: rcc@mil.be

2.5.2   Rescue Sub-Centres (RSC)
2.5.2.1   Belgium
Post:

Search and Rescue Sub-Centre Koksijde
Koksijde Air Base
R. Van Dammestraat, 100
8670 Koksijde
BELGIUM

AFS: EBFNYCYX

TEL: +32 (0) 58 31 17 14 (direct line)

TEL: +32 (0) 58 53 25 11 (direct line)

TEL: +32 (0) 2 442 35 69

FAX: +32 (0) 58 53 24 01

TEL: 9-2630-2504 (MIL network)

TEL: 9-2630-2511 (MIL network)

TEL: 9-6321-23569 (MIL network)

2.5.2.2   Luxembourg
Post:

Administration de la navigation aérienne
ATC Department - Rescue Sub-Centre
BP 273
L-2012 Luxembourg
LUXEMBOURG

AFS: ELLXYCYX

TEL: +352 47 98 24 00 1

FAX: +352 47 98 24 09 3

3   TYPES OF SERVICE

NameLocationMeansRemarks
BEAUVECHAIN (EBBE)504528N0044601EHEL SRGDepending on availability
BLANKENBERGE511851N0030635ERV / RBDepending on availability
BRUSSELS / Melsbroek (EBMB)505405N0042904EACFTNIL
KOKSIJDE (EBFN)510525N0023910EHEL

0700-1900 (0600-1800): 15 MIN prior notice

1900-0700 (1800-0600): 45 MIN prior notice

NIEUWPOORT510919N0024310ERV / RBDepending on availability
OOSTENDE511414N0025518ERV / RB, tugboatsDepending on availability
ZEEBRUGGE512027N0031230ERV / RBDepending on availability

4   SAR AGREEMENTS

INFO not AVBL.

5   CONDITIONS OF AVAILABILITY

INFO not AVBL.

6   PROCEDURES AND SIGNALS USED

6.1   Procedures and Signals Used by Aircraft

Procedures for pilots-in-command observing an accident or intercepting a distress call and/or message are outlined SAR in ICAO Annex 12, Chapter 5.

6.2   Communication

Transmission and reception of distress messages within the SAR Region are handled in accordance with ICAO Annex 10. Volume II, § 5.3. High priority indicators are specified for such messages:

  • “DD” for INCERFA
  • “SS” for ALERFA and DETRESFA.

The following frequencies are designated for the reception of distress messages:

FREQEMNormal useGuarded by or remarks
The designated air-ground area or route frequency (see ENR 2.1, § 3)A3ATC RTF (HF - VHF - UHF)ATC units
121.500 MHZA3International VHF: emergency VHF channel (aeronautical stations)
  • EBAW (HS)
  • EBBR (H24)
  • EBCI (HS)
  • EBLG (H24)
  • ELLX (H24)
  • MIL AD (HO)
  • EBOS (H24)
  • CRC (H24)
  • ATCC (HO)
  • RSC (H24)
  • RCC (H24)
243.000 MHZA3International UHF: emergency RTF channel (aeronautical stations)
  • EBBR (H24)
  • EBCI (HS)
  • EBLG (H24)
  • MIL AD (HO)
  • CRC (H24)
  • ATCC (HO)
  • RSC (H24)
  • RCC (H24)
2182 KHZA3International distress RTF frequency for coastal and sea areas

Coastal station Oostende

  • Call sign: Oostende Radio (H24)

7   SAR REGION CHART