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As well as being prepared to work around the water and undertake bank based and shallow water wading rescues, one of the key roles of a First Responder is to support the teams of Swiftwater Rescue Technicians during an incident. To enable this, a responder will have skills in shallow water working, basic boat handling, basic rope work and the ability to self-rescue.
A First Responder will be expected to help and support in technical rescue, but will not be expected to perform them. This may include providing downstream safety cover or assistance with casualty handling. Flooding operations may include evacuation of people from properties using shallow water working skills. At a scene of major flooding the Technicians may be in short supply and utilised for technical rescues. Therefore it is First Responders who will be used to undertake the majority of evacuations and safety provision.
Rescues requiring bank based Operations NOT expecting to do in water rescues.
Be a confident swimmer.
Candidates will leave with the Rescue 3 SFFR certificate valid for 3 years.
All Technical equipment will be supplied.