Call-out members are a diverse group of people of all ages and from a variety of backgrounds: members of the emergency services, armed forces and NHS staff to surveyors, teachers and roofers. What we all have in common is a love of the outdoors and a willingness to get involved when the community calls.
Routine training takes place every Thursday evening and one Sunday each month and there is an expectation that trainees and call-out members will commit to attending at least 50% of training. Basic training covers a range of skills including first aid, search techniques, navigation, rope and technical skills through to missing person behaviour and communications.
We don’t expect trainees to be instant experts and fully-skilled in all areas, however we do require potential members to have basic competence with an aptitude to learn and develop other skills. Trainees must complete a log-book recording their progress and take part in a number of exercise scenarios within the team and at times with other emergency services. Additionally, members are asked to help out where possible with other activities such as PR and fundraising events. It generally takes between 6-9 months to get a ‘red jacket’ and a probationary place on the call-out list.
As a trainee, you’ll be expected to be outside for prolonged periods in all weather conditions, on challenging terrain and often in darkness. However, the training is also good fun!
We hold induction evenings and selection days twice a year, where potential members can come along and find out more about what we do and where we can gain an idea of people’s skills and suitability as a future team member.