As Responders, we are typically working alongside the Police and other Emergency Services, so the basic training and assessment has to be in place.
To become a Responder, we require you to achieve four key competencies.
- Communications – hold a current Amateur Radio licence (minimum Foundation level)
- Navigation – Able to pass a practical Navigation Assessment
- Off Road Driving Assessment – Able to pass an assessment to demonstrate you understand how to control your vehicle in poor conditions
- Exercise Participation – Take part in a practical exercise to demonstrate the competencies above.
When we get called out, it is likely to be due to a weather related incident which also affects power, and hence the mobile phone network. By holding an Amateur Radio licence, we can make ourselves independant of the mobile phone network, and in an operational environment it is easier to hear everything else that is going on. We also have access to Repeater technology to extend coverage, and link into other networks.
We have run Amateur Radio Foundation courses at no cost to members, apart from the cost of the Exam. Typically this will be run over a weekend, and will get you a licence that is yours in perpetuity (provided you renew your registration with OFCOM).
A typical call out will involve you being tasked to go to a given location, and then be despatched to further locations to possibly deliver supplies or provide assistance. We need to know that you are capable of finding your own way to that location. We run Map Reading training, and run a practical assessment to ensure you are capable of doing this. This competency needs to be renewed at least every two years.
Off Road Driving Assessment
Whilst many of our Responders are regular off road drivers, we need to ensure that everyone is able to demonstrate they know how to control their vehicle in poor conditions. We run practical assessments at an off road driving site, and Responders are required to renew this assessment every two years.
Call Out Exercise Participation
We run exercises to bring all the skills together, and practice the group being called out. The exercise involves Responders having to meet at an RV point, then take instructions from Control via the Radio, and complete a number of set tasks.
The Group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at a venue based along the M8 corridor in the Glasgow.
Training Evenings allow the Group to meet up and chat, and for us to go over any training topics as required. Sometimes the Training Evening will be used as one of the practical assessments eg Navigation Exercise or Call Out Exercise
Training Events such Amateur Radio or First Aid training usually take place at the weekends, and plenty of notice is given to allow Responders to sign up to these courses.
Interested? How to Join
Please get in touch with us through the Form below. You will need to provide phone contact details so our Membership Secretary can call you to discuss the requirements, and arrange to meet with you to complete the PVG and NPPV forms.
Once these checks have been returned to us, you will be able to join as a Basic member and access the Members area. As a Basic member, you would accompany a Responder member if called out.
Once you have completed the 4 Core Competencies above, you will be regarded as a Responder, and able to attend a call out in your own right.