Got What It Takes To Become Mission Ready?
Urban Search and Rescue work can be very unpleasant and requires coolness in harrowing circumstances. Team members must be able to work as part of a close-knit integrated team, yet also be able to work independently and show initiative. They must be level headed, calm and clear thinking in a highly stressed situation.
Training is thorough and covers a wide range of topics associated with search and rescue activities in the UK and abroad. These include –
- Rope rescue
- Confined space rescue
- Water rescue
- Safe use of heavy cutting tools, generators and other rescue equipment
- Location of casualties using sound, heat and visual tools
- Surface search techniques & procedures
- Survival, campcraft and orientation skills
- Team discipline & safe working procedures
- Triage, first aid & casualty care
- Working with other agencies in the UK and overseas
Taking the first step
The first step to becoming operational is to join as a member and get in touch with your regional co-ordinator once their details have been sent to you.
You will then be invited to attend the next available session to experience training for yourself.
Training & Assessment
Training is generally carried out at weekends across the UK and follows an intensive curriculum. Trainees will need to attend training, exercises and assessment weekends in order to gain their individual skills qualifications.
The culmination is a week long assessment based on a scenario of an international deployment to a disaster zone. Learned skills and physical endurance will be tested to the limit in order to simulate the stresses of working in the difficult conditions of an overseas mission.
Along the way members can qualify for UK work and become part of national teams attending emergencies within the UK; such as flood rescue, missing persons or providing specialist assistance to the emergency services.
The success of any disaster rescue mission depends, not only on having sufficient experienced personnel and equipment from the many international agencies, but on the ability to co-ordinate them into a unified, controlled operation.
Operational members maintain their skills by taking part in regional and national exercises as a team and with other emergency rescue services. The scenarios are designed to simulate UK and overseas missions across the spectrum of IRC’s rescue work.
New members will be assessed at various stages on these exercises. Members who wish to volunteer as casualties are equally welcome to take part.