In recent years much of the UK has suffered from the impact of flooding at an enormous emotional and social cost. This has ranged from the widespread flooding of 2006 and 2012, the devastating floods of 2013 and 2014 and more recently the floods in Cumbria and York in early 2016.
The Cabinet Office National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies 2013 identifies the greatest threat to public safety, after pandemic disease, as major coastal or inland flooding, and states:
“Coastal flooding has the potential to have the most widespread impact in a single event.”
Reduced funding from Government means that there are unlikely to be any increases in resources provided by the Fire Service. The Armed Forces are neither trained or equipped for the flood environment. The skills prior learning and resilience of an SLSGB lifeguard are ideally suited to this environment.
Our Volunteer Training is World Class
The SLSGB SAR Flood Response Service has access to a dedicated, specialised training. This meets the need to provide the highest possible professional standard of training in compliance with the DEFRA Concept of Operations and is the standard for all training for our volunteer SAR Flood Responders and others who require such training.
The flood environment is probably one of the most dynamic, dangerous theatres of operations for the emergency services. Our SAR flood training has “Gold Standard” accreditation working closely with World leading emergency response experts, Charlotte Fire Department, in North Carolina. The aim is to train beyond the levels set out in the DEFRA Flood Rescue Concept of Operations required for national declared asset standards. When deployed, our teams integrate with the Emergency Service Command and Control system.
What do we do?
We currently declare 12 flood search and rescue Type Teams to both the FRSNCC and local resilience forums – our aim by the end of 2017 is to have 20 further Type B/C Teams. We are also providing training for Level 1 community welfare flood responders and Terrestrial Search and Rescue as part of plans to strengthen community resilience.
Two of our Type B (Boat) teams were deployed to the recent floods in Cumbria and York and were directly responsible for over 250 rescue responses.
Interested? As a National Charity we have funding opportunities to support affiliated organisations to train volunteers to become SAR Flood Team members. We can also help other organisations with employees who need to be trained to work in the flood environment. If flood SAR response is something that you would like to support or become involved in either as an individual or an organisation please contact us.
New for 2016 – Terrestrial Search and Rescue Training
To meet the increasing need to provide fully trained volunteers to assist the Police and emergency services with inland missing person searches, where no other assets are available, we have commenced a new training course. Lifeguards, who already have existing search appropriate skillsets and floodfighters are ideally suited for this activity with their high levels of appropriate experience.
National SAR and Safety Manager, Adey Mayhew said “This is important work to support the Police and local communities at times of need. When particularly children go missing time is of the essence. Our training may ultimately enable immediate deployment and to assist search within a professional umbrella for a life to be saved”
Terrestrial Search & Rescue Course Level 1
The award is designed to give candidates training to assist and support those looking for missing persons working alongside the Emergency Services. The course gives understanding of risk assessments, health and safety, missing person behaviour, communications, navigation, search methodology and how to operate within a command structure.
This introductory course, which is 40 hours, a mixture of classroom and outdoor activity, builds on the lifeguards core skills of first aid and casualty management, water safety, communications and flood disaster and surveillance work. Give an understanding of the appropriate high priority to the protection of human life. Locate, provide awareness of the necessary casualty care, including emergency aid, and evacuation protocols of persons in distress using the most effective methods, under both day and night times. The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) have given 33.5 hours of CPD for this initial course.
Day 2 – PPE, equipment needs and working with statutory services, basic SAR patterns.
2 x Exercises;
1st “Find & Locate”: using 6 figure grid reference find and locate a position and report back.
2nd “ Jack & Jill”: using 8 figure grid reference, find witness, take a bearing and start SAR pattern, locate casualty and apply first aid, return.
Day 3 – Missing person behaviour, introduction to GPS, integrating GPS with Map and compass, SAR patterns, further casualty care, navigation, Helicopter LZ’s, Crime scene preservation.
Day 4 – 2 X Exercises;
1st “If you go down in the woods today” – GPS/Map/Compass – locate, find, triage and remove patient in a woodland area.
2nd “Runaway” – SAR open area: persons missing and injured.
Day 5 – Night operations, Hazards, Casualty Care, PPE considerations Command & Control.
1 x Exercise; “Blind as a……” – night ops on finding a witness, taking a bearing, SAR Behaviour patterns, Casualty Care.
To find out more and enquire about courses please contact us.