ERT SEARCH AND RESCUE United Nations Recognised International Disaster Response Search and Rescue Team.

ERT Search & Rescue is a recognised INSARAG SAR Team and technical rescue operational organisation.  ERT SAR ascribes to the United Nations INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) Standard and is conversant with other standards such as NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) Technical Rescue, FEMA USAR Markings (USA) and DEFRA (UK) Water Rescue.  

We are considered a Medium USAR (Urban Search and Rescue) Team capable of deploying to unsteady environments involving several Technical Rescue disciplines such as collapsed structures, confined spaces, trench rescues, hazardous materials (HazMat) etc. This is often in response to, but not limited to, Earthquakes, Storms, Tsunamis, explosions and structural collapses.

We also have a Flood and Swiftwater response capacity under of RESCUE SECTION under our Marine Unit.  

High Angle Rope Rescue and other skills are practiced regularly.

If you are a RESCUE professional such a Firefighter, Emergency Services or private industry rescue specialist and are interested in joining the Emergency Response Team - Search and Rescue - please get in touch to find out more.

  • Qualifed RESCUE TECHNICIANS and OPERATORS (i.e., NFPA 1006 Tech I or II)
  • Proportionate height and weight with a BMI under 30
  • Fit and active healthy lifestyle - able to pass standard fitness test
  • Team players and capable of working in dynamic environments
  • Willing to learn and develop your medical, rescue and disaster knowledge / skills
  • Sincere interest in helping others and getting involved.
Not all our people are deployable. Some rescuers or members help coordinate missions and deployents and organise kit and equipment during disasters or to help and teach other members - so if you would like to help there are many ways to do so.

However there is an attendance requirement and uniform standards so all members must go through a training foundation before they can deploy as an operational team member, nationally (in Country) or Internationally / Abroad.  

There is more information under the website pages and how to APPLY.

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