USAR technicians take up the role for a minimum 3-year period and may operate on a Wholetime or On-Call basis. They receive training at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire on using specialist equipment, vehicles and rescue techniques, to help deal with large scale incidents requiring complex or technical rescues.
As part of their role they commit to attend incidents anywhere in the UK, potentially for extended periods of time outside their normal duty patterns.
Our state-of-the-art USAR training centre, based at our HQ at Birkenshaw, opened on 7th January 2010. This enables our team to train 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Listen (Opens in a new window) to what members of the team have to say about their role.