Training – Introduction
Team training effectively splits into two distinct area, core (or mandatory training) and advanced (or optional training).
This is covers skills which are mandatory for all team members to qualify for consideration to be placed on the Operational callout list and then, from a qualifications perspective, to maintain that position. A number of these core modules have a finite duration before reassessment, others are a one off qualification with a requirement to demonstrate Continual Professional Development (CPD). The core modules are:
Basic lifesaving, casualty and stretcher handling, immediate casualty care, find site management, navigation and GPS, safe working near helicopters, rope techniques, Search techniques, Water awareness, radio equipment and procedures.
Detail of these can be found here.
More advanced skills and development which are not mandatory but for which team members are encouraged to attend. This training covers at a high level: driving, casualty care, water rescue, ropes and climbing, incident management (including party leader, search management, incident controller, tactical adviser), helicopter operations. A number of these advanced modules have a finite duration before reassessment others are a one off qualification with a requirement to demonstrate Continual Professional Development (CPD).
The team also routinely conduct out of area training weekends twice a year with one of these being winter skills training in a suitable environment.
Details of the advanced training syllabus can be found here.
Standards and qualifications
We have clearly defined objectives and standards required for an individual to be able to demonstrate their learning and capability. Many of these are set as a result of specific team experience, some are based on national guidelines from the like of Mountain Rescue England and Wales and others are based on national standards.
Training and assessment can either be delivered in-house by suitably qualified team members or by the attendance on external courses with accredited training providers.
The team train, at least two evenings per month and one weekend day (or night) per month. A number of times a year we conduct training weekends and two out of area training sessions. Team members need to ensure their attendance at least covers initial core module training and qualification and then such time to keep the mandatory training requirements current. Those team members wishing to obtain and maintain advanced qualifications commit significantly more time to their ongoing development.