SARZA’s Ex Cormorant Simulation Exercise
Date: 10 November 2020
Members Participating: 68 members from all participating agencies
Total Training Time: 8:00 hours
Units attending: SARZA, South African Police Service (SAPS), Gauteng Emergency Services (GEMS), Netcare and Mountain Search and Rescue (MSAR).
SARZA, in collaboration with SAPS, GEMS, Netcare and MSAR, was part of a cross-functional team participating in a high-angle and water rescue simulation. The two simulations took place at the @WaterkloofMarinaRetirementEstate in Tshwane. The location is a rehabilitated quarry that lends itself to both of these rescue simulations. The simulation tested a variety of skills sets and equipment between the different role players in the Search and Rescue community. It helped identify short comings, as well as positives that must be built on to establish a positive working relationship between the different Units.
The teams executed the plan under testing conditions and the simulation was a great success. This was the first time that these five organisations worked together on a simulation.
This event boosted morale for all participants and introduced the different Units to each other. The value of knowing who to contact on a scene, what their capabilities are, what resources are available when people’s lives are at risk, is invaluable.
Being good is not enough; we need to be better than before.
This simulation once again tested and honed our abilities, and we thank all the agencies for their enthusiasm and involvement. It shows willingness and the ability to deliver on the day.