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Search and Rescue Team (SRT)

LaddersOperating from Station 19 Croxteth Community Fire Station, the MF&RS SRT is a team of highly trained personnel who respond in support of operational crews to all technical rescue incidents. This type of incident includes road traffic collisions (RTC) involving entrapments and heavy vehicle incidents. The SRT was the first such dedicated team of its kind in the United Kingdom (UK) and is now the model for numerous Fire and Rescue Services as they look to develop their own similar teams. The team staff a specially modified fire appliance which carries specialist equipment for a variety of incidents. In addition, the team have access to a demountable pod which carries further heavier rescue equipment.

Technical Rescue incidents include:

LaddersWater rescue - the team are all swift water technicians and rescue boat operators and capable of utilising a variety of assets at incidents including several rigid inflatable boats, jet skis and a hovercraft.

Rope rescue - all the team are rope rescue operators and give the Service an additional capability for rescues from height or depth over and above that available with Rope Access Gear (RAG).

Mud/ice - large animal, and confined space rescues. Additionally, the team provide training support to the Training and Development Academy's Technical Rescue Department.

The SRT work a self-rostering duty system with ten personnel on duty at any one time. There is also a resilience of five personnel on call at all times to respond if required should the on duty team be involved in a protracted incident. This ensures a technical rescue response constantly available to the county. As part of the Government's Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) strategy (see New Dimension), all members of the SRT are also USAR technicians, forming one of the 21 USAR teams in the country. As such the ten personnel on duty can be deployed, if requested, to any major incidents throughout the UK. The Search and Rescue Canine Team is an integral part of this response and since the SRT inception has been deployed to numerous incidents including building collapses and major flooding.

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