To meet the increasing need to provide fully trained volunteers to assist the Police and emergency services with inland missing persons 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. 10 volunteers from South Worcester Surf Lifesaving are undertaking SLSGB training to become Level 1 Terrestrial Search and Rescue Techicians
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”
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.