Members of the Unit take part in systematic theoretical and practical training exercises at regular intervals. Training is often held in conjunction with official emergency services and other volunteer organisations which includes activities such as:
|First-aid/medical training||Search and rescue procedure|
|Patient extrication||Radio communications (VHF / UHF / Satellite)|
|Helicopter-borne insertion and extraction||Crime scene management|
|Navigation by GPS||Map and compass work|
|Rope rescue techniques||Mountain rescue training|
|Off-road driving||Vehicle recovery|
|Vehicle maintenance||Fire fighting|
Once a member has attained the necessary level of competence he/she becomes Rescue Qualified and becomes an asset to any search and rescue mission or emergency task.
Great satisfaction is derived by members of the Unit from serving their fellow citizens. However, this comes at a high cost in terms of intrusion into family, social and business time and also the cost of financing the required equipment. Each member’s 4×4 vehicle and the extensive range of equipment it contains, is funded by the member.
Participants from all regions attend an annual training camp, held over a few days towards the end of each year. During the camp their theoretical and practical skills are put to the test with a mock call-out and rescue exercises that can proceed non-stop through the night no matter what the weather- often stretching over hundreds of kilometers. During this training camp the members’ equipment and preparedness is put to the test to ensure that they are capable of delivering the level of professionalism required. Members share ideas and technical skills during these camps, thereby honing their individual and collective skills.