Carl’s Blog part 3 – No Excuses!

12 Feb 2016 – Week 3, Call out Training, No excuses please – REPLY!!

So I’m into week three of my goal to become a trained Lowland Search Technician and a rung further on the ladder to becoming an operational member of WILSAR.

This week has seen quite a bit of progress in that I have managed to secure a place on the Lowland Search Technician Course (UKLSI LST) in March and have completed the second core subject required to become operational.

Aside from my normal day to day tribulations at work I have become used to the idea that I will be going off to do something different and learning new skills on a weekly basis, so much so that on Wednesday evening I sat with my kit on at 1845hrs waiting for the text message informing me of the RV and timings for this evening’s training (we had already received it by email).  It was slightly embarrassing when my wife pointed out that the training was on Thursday and she had wondered where I was off to!! (We have all got up for work on a day off before haven’t we?? Or is that just me?)

Again, we RV’d at the normal meeting place and stood around waiting for the other trainees to arrive (something you become accustomed to after a 22 year career in the Army) before assembling in the classroom ready for the evening’s training. After some initial problems with IT set up we cracked on with our next core subject which was WILSAR’s call out procedure.

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I’m with WILSAR will not cut it with the local constabulary!!

Gail, the WILSAR Chair, took the lesson and explained all of the protocol and procedures that are adopted by WILSAR when being called out.  Images of blasting around the lanes of Wiltshire with blue lights plugged into cigarette lighter sockets were quickly extinguished as we learned that advanced driving techniques would not be required and that we were to (quite rightly) adhere to all UK road laws during deployment.

Although the call out procedure is quite straight forward (a text message with all of the relevant information on) there was a huge emphasis placed on EMERGENCY and the fact that when being called out someone’s life may be at risk which really brings home why so many people have volunteered to become a part of the team.

It is also worth adding that no one is under any obligation to attend every single callout as WILSAR fully recognise that people have other priorities and Jobs that pay the way. So instead of “Sorry my uncle Dennis’s cat has died but I’ll be able to attend once I’ve washed my underpants and put some boiled eggs on the stove” a text with YES or NO will suffice which keeps it nice and simple and allows the search managers to plan quickly and effectively, minimising the risk to the missing person (MisPer).

After a quick break we were introduced to the Team’s policy with regards to Professional Development and Progression, Colin (WILSAR’s Training Officer) explained that all WILSAR members will be invested in to progress and further enhance their skills; it seems that if you have the will and the desire they will give you the tools to become qualified and competent, whether that be to become a Team Leader or to specialise in one of the other areas that the team operate, they are ideally placed to assist.

All in all a very positive week, next up is Vehicle and RV set up which sort of marks the half-way point in the new member training. Finally if anyone needs a lift to the UKLSI course in March just let me know at the next meeting, I have space for three in my car, now I’m off home to play on my son’s PlayStation and get the fast driving thing out of my system!

Catch up soon… Carl.

See the rest of the story so far: http://wilsar.org.uk/?s=carl+blog

 


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