Last night twenty team members, comprising ops control and three trained search teams assembled for an exercise in locating and interacting with a despondent person, utilising our Samaritans training and search skills as well as giving the newer trainees their first go at search and rescue radio comms following the previous theory session. Everyone did very well.
A couple of images from training last night during a break in the wind and rain. As the Land Search team for Merseyside, MerSAR train regularly and in all weathers for any event requiring our aid and the training programme reflects the urgent and pro-active nature of the SAR environment. The exercise involved a medical evacuation of a simulated casualty using a basket stretcher and relay carry-out procedure.
MerSAR conducted a surprise search exercise last night. Team members were alerted via our callout system without prior notice, arrived at the search area as soon as possible with multiple potential casualties missing in fog. Thanks to Chris, training officer, for a very good exercise practicing search techniques. Some probationary trainees who hope to become team members were also able to take part.
To maintain our many related skillsets we regularly practice communications, incident, radio and decision logging, and search planning under live conditions. MerSAR can run an entire missing person search to recognised international standards using in-house assets.
Management – qualified Search Planners formulate the incident response and operate the control function whilst highly-trained Team Leaders ensure search quality in the field.
Some more photos from the Sunday at the #Team999 event at Burtonwood Heritage Festival 2017. Over the weekend team members were also present at a Merseyside Police event in South Liverpool and the Wirral 10K Run and Half Marathon.
MerSAR at the #Team999 display, RAF Burtonwood Heritage Festival.
Our primary purpose is to search for high risk vulnerable missing people on Merseyside. Because of the geography of the county this often involves searching near to bodies of water and we therefore dedicate significant time to building the already considerable skills and experience of team members in this area.
Search techniques, planning and operations skills and knowledge are regularly reviewed and updated within the team. In addition to the statistical reference materials at our disposal, MerSAR utilise a range of books and other reference materials that represent best practice in various disciplines with the goal of providing the best possible service to missing people on Merseyside.