Please note that to JOIN the International Disaster Response team ("D-Squad") you already have to be a Full Operational Member (C-Squad.)

These members meet and train very regularly and take fitness tests one to two times a year and possess several versions of uniform and kit.

Members are not only trained within ERT SAR but also ascribe to the UN standards (such as INSARAG or The International Search and Rescue Advisory Council) as well as IHL (International Humanitarian Law) etc.  (Many "D-Squad" team members  are also medically or rescuer qualified.)

ERT SAR was deployed medics and rescuers to the Pakistan Floods in the Indus River in Aug 2010.

Most of the functions in the D SQUAD revolve around a high capacity of response in challenging or austere environments providing a combination of roles in a disaster. In general that means, Leadership and Management, Search and technical search, Rescue, Medical (including as an FMT or Foreign Medical Team), Logistics and Safety and Security in the context of humanitarian operations. This is usually in an internationally deployed capacity but may also be domestically deployed.

Regular Team make-up will usually consist of INSARAG or WHO FMT (Foreign Medical Team) capacities although there are a few others such as assessments, remote area reconnaissance and coordination etc. These capacities may include but not be limited to leadership and managerment, safety and security, technical search, technical rescue and medical.  



  • Deployable and Operational to National & International calls
  • Monthly Attendance Min. (2 times each month)
  • International Fitness Test (SEE HERE FOR FITNESS TESTS)
  • (If a MARINE UNIT also does the Marine Fitness Test.)
  • Medical clearance (Good basic health. No excluding factors)
  • Proportionate Height & Weight & BMI <30 unless very musclular
  • Very High Uniform Standards (And wears uniform well.)
  • Takes additional training and courses
  • Usually has other medical and / or rescue training

UNIFORM: Collared Polo shirt, Navy Blue trousers, black boots, belt

Other Uniform orders as required - such as Marine gear or Rope or USAR

If USAR also wears Number 4 dress utility uniform.

KIT / EQUIPMENT: Full kit list and is carried in belt kit & 2 rucksack/s

May also carry other speciality gear and equipment including international.

TRAINING: Orientation, Level 1 Induction, Level 2A (Operational Course) 

(L3) Specialist training, Technical Rescue and Medical training and qualifications.

(L4) International Training Course  and others.

ATTENDANCE: First Saturday of every month and specialist sessions.

Usually average 20+ sessions per year training and attendance. (Not call outs) 

Updated: 12 September 2014 

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