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Activity   Rescue for Emergency Workers
Description  Accreditation
This course is accredited by the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. It is a credit-bearing course that forms part of the University`s B.Tech EMC.

Outcome: Search for and rescue patients in wilderness areas
The learner completing this course successfully will be capable of planning and managing a search for a lost person as well as capable of functioning as a member of a search team in the field. THe successful learner will also be able to function as a member of a team performing a cross-country stretcher evacuation over easy-angled terrain.

Learners are required to be in possession of High Angle II certification or equivalent rope rescue skills. If a learner cannot prove competence at High Angle II level we reserve the right to conduct a course-entry assessment.

Learners commencing this course are expected to be medically fit and not suffering from any condition which may be detrimental to safe work at height or general occupational health and safety, such as cardiac problems, epilepsy, severe athsma, spiinal or renal problems or a highly infectious disease.

Learners are also expected to be moderately physically fit.

Course Content
  • The wilderness environment
  • Equipment used in wilderness rescue
  • Energy, nutrition and hydration
  • Overnight skills and basic survival
  • Navigation
  • Movement skills, Steep ground and river crossings
  • Search planning and management
  • Field search skills
  • Wilderness rescue skills

    Note: For teams operating in the Drakensberg an additional topic of altitude, acclimatisation and altitude-related illnesses is recommended.

    Duration and numbers
    The recommended duration for this course is 10 days. The first 5 are classroom days and the second 5 are continuous field days.

    The University of Jhb restricts numbers to 12 learners per course. Courses are billed as though 12 learners will attend, but clients are welcome to leave places open. However, less than 12 learners makes this course difficult to run.

    Training Location
    Training is conducted at the client`s premises or as close to this as is possible. If not on the client`s premises then the client is responsible for ensuring the relevant access permissions have been obtained. That is required is:

  • Classroom environment with a writing surface and chair per learner, electricity and a surface (board, wall, etc) for data projector.
  • A wilderness environment of at least 5,000 ha with rivers and steep ground.

    Learners will have to undergo an assessment of theory as well as demonstrate practical skills . The practical assessment is anintergrated scenario run during the final phases of the practical section. The University of Johannesburg assessment is conducted by an external assessor (not the trainer).

    Costs include:
  • Use of equipment for learners for the duration of the course
  • Learner handbooks
  • Assessment costs: assessment plus one re-assessment where needed

  • S&T for trainers (1 per course)
  • S&T for assessors (1 per Univ Jhb course)

  • Type   Full time Course
    Cost  R 60,000.00 Per group of 10

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