Base Qualification for ALL Operational Members
The Search Technician is the primary qualification every member of Kent Search & Rescue must hold.
The Search Technician has the responsibility of turning up at a search with the apropriate clothing and equipment and be fit and well enough to go out and search for the missing person in the search tasking they have been given.
Search Technicians should also look out for each other and their Team Leader.
A Search Technician is qualified to Lowland Rescue National Standards and needs to be competent in the key aspects of search including navigation, radio operation, first aid, scenes of crime preservation and rescue techniques.
In the early days a Search Technician will be supported and coached at all times by their fellow experienced Search Technicians as well as their Team Leader. At all times Search Technicians must take and receive direction from their Team Leader.
The Search Technician needs to learn and become proficient in many soft skills such as being able to give briefings, work in a team, interviewing / gathering information from third parties, handling difficult / sensitive situations, ensuring care of team members before, during and after the search as well as being able to de-brief with the team at the end of the search.
Competency 1 – Basic Life Preservation in First Aid
Competency 2 – Basic Search Techniques
Competency 3 – Briefing & De-Briefing
Competency 4 – Scenes of Crime Preservation & Evidence Handling
Competency 5 – Search Safety
Competency 6 – Water Safety
Competency 7 – Basic Land Navigation Skills
Competency 8 – Missing Person Characteristics, Statistics & Search Tactics
- Complete the induction process
- Acquire police vetting approval
- Attend all training weekends (currently three)
There is a Skills for Justice Award available for this role.
- All Search Technicians will be trained to search within Foot Search Teams and be able to perform the following roles within these teams:
- Radio Operator (trained to use two-way radios & airwave)
- Medic (holds the required first aid qualification)
- with further training and experience Team Leader
Search Technicians can also participate in these teams once training has been successfully completed: