Joint training with Fire and Rescue Service
OxSAR recently took part in a joint exercise with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service designed to test how the two teams would work together.
Within the last couple of years, ALSAR has been solidifying their national water training policy & OxSAR have been at the front of that push. We’ve been one of the first teams to embrace the Bank Searcher training – enabling our team members to search effectively and safely in the area immediately surrounding water – and following generous grants have been able to extend our capabilities: we’ve now got teams members trained up to DEFRA module 2/Flood Access so that we can work in the water as well. To enhance our safety during training and live operations, some of our members also attended the internationally recognised Swiftwater Rescue Course at Rescue 3′s base in North Wales.
This latest training exercise with the Fire and Rescue Service highlights how useful those skills are to the emergency services, who may require additional help during dangerous situations like the recent flooding Oxfordshire experienced. During this training exercise, OxSAR’s response to a large scale water-related incident was assessed; we were found to have exceeded the standards set for us and this will enable us to go on-call with Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service to enhance their ability to protect the public.