Six team members qualify as Flood Rescue Technicians

Six team members qualify as Flood Rescue Technicians

This weekend six volunteer members of West Cornwall Search & Rescue Team completed a Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (MOD3) course in South Devon.

This training provides the team with the ability to operate safely in and around the water, supporting search operations as well as responding to flood events.

A team member has also recently qualified as a Water Flood Incident Manager (MOD5), who is trained to adapt generic major emergency procedures to a specialised flood rescue response.

Phil Turner, Water Officer for WCSAR says, ‘Completing Swiftwater and Flood Rescue training provides the team with highly-skilled and flexible Water Technicians capable of operating safety and efficiently in and around the water environment – whether supporting searches or responding to flood events as part of a multi-agency team.

‘I’m extremely proud of the way everyone conducted themselves throughout a physically and mentally demanding course, and I’m looking forward to developing the skills learned over the coming months.

‘Thanks to the instructors and our other Mountain Rescue England and Wales colleagues who attended from across the south west.’

West Cornwall Search & Rescue Team would also like to welcome onboard 11 new trainees, who are now part of the team following a selection day last month.

Over the next 6-month, they’ll be introduced to the search and rescue work and taught the skills needed to qualify as a volunteer call-out member, hopefully earning their red jackets. This includes navigation, first-aid, rope skills, radio comms and search techniques to name a few.

Our new trainees (2 missing from the picture)

Keep an eye on the WCSAR social media channels and website for updates in the new year.

The team’s unpaid volunteers are available 24/7, 365 days a year to support the emergency services to search for lost, missing and injured people. Including every hour of every day over the holiday period.