We are the first and only UK voluntary team to be officially classified by the UN INSARAG as a Light USAR Team and only the third worldwide. The team is comprised of emergency managers and planners, paramedics and includes specialist in the fields of structural engineering, water and rope rescue, collapse rescue, logistics, hazardous materials, communications and technical search. Our team members come from all walks of life. Our work takes us around the world but there's definitely nothing glamorous about it. Our volunteer-members are put in some of the most hazardous situations in order to save a saveable life and bring relief to those who are suffering post-disaster. None of our members would ever consider themselves to be heroic - they train, fundraise, carry out admin duties and also take a leading role in our organisation. All in their spare time.
Our members undergo a thorough selection process. if they pass, they then begin a minimum of 18 months training followed by a week long assessment. It is only at the point of passing their final assessment that they are eligible to be deployed. Members then enter a process of continual improvement whereby new skills, techniques and procedures are accumulated.
When deployed, as a team and individually we are self-sufficient and require the bare minimum of necessities. That being said, we know that in order to be most effective we have to work with other organisations, partners and agencies. We all have a common goal and purpose - sharing knowledge and expertise is part of our duty. We've built strong and lasting relationships with organisations at home and overseas. We continue to develop more relationships to increase our effectiveness as we evolve as an organisation.
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