Our Training


As a team we train hard to ensure that all our volunteer Search Technicians are safe, effective, properly equipped and able to perform searches across varied terrain.

To become operational, and be allowed to participate in a search, Search Technicians are vetted by the Police, must attend a weekend Search Technician training course, and be trained and pass assessments in multiple areas. Below are a few examples of the things a Search Technician must be competent in before they can attend a live search:

  • First Aid
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Health and safety
  • Manual handling
  • Water safety
  • Approved search techniques
  • Missing person categories and behaviours
  • Controlling incident scene and evidence preservation
  • Navigation – BSAR train to NNAS Silver Standard
  • Radio communications

In addition to these skills, further training and assessments or qualifications are required for specialist roles within the team such as:

  • Bank Search
  • Water Search
  • Flood Responder
  • Bike Team
  • Lowland Rescue First Responder (advanced First Aid)
  • Search Team Leader
  • Search Operations
  • Search Planner

If you are interested in learning new and exciting skills and helping your community, please take a look at our Join Us page.