Radio communications in all its forms is vital to the efficiency and safety of Search & Rescue operations. Good knowledge and use of communications are fundamental to SAR and as valuable a skill as any other needed by team members. Communications problems are often blamed on equipment or systems’ failure but, more often than should be the case, the problem lies with the operator.
Each team member must strive to become a skilled communicator who can get the best performance from their radio equipment and be able to improvise and adapt where the situation demands – so that the message really can get through when it matters. Operating a two way radio is an art in which personality plays an important part. Proper voice procedure training will provide radio operators with the basic knowledge of how to improve their skills in the use of two-way radio communication. Even the best radio system can suffer from interference, because of this it is possible that others cannot hear anything that is said. Therefore it is of utmost importance that proper voice procedure is used to save time and avoid misunderstanding
There are three levels of a Radio user in SELSAR.
Level 1 - Radio Awareness, To ensure that all operational members are familiar with team radio and can operate them in a emergency.
Level 2 - Radio User, For personal operating radios within search teams.
Level 3 - Advanced Radio User, For personal operating radios within the Command Vehicle.
Airwave - Airwave user, For personal authorised to use Police airwave radios.