Search and Rescue Team

The United Kingdom International Search and Rescue Team (UK-ISAR) is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to humanitarian accidents or disasters anywhere in the world.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have an International Search and Rescue (ISAR) Team. The team responds to requests from the Government to help out during international disasters. The intention is for the team to arrive in the affected country within 24 hours of the disaster and be self sufficient for at least ten days.

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About the International Search and Rescue Team (ISAR)

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has an International Search and Rescue Team.

The team responds to requests from the Government to help out during international disasters.

The intention is for the team to arrive in the affected country within 24 hours of the disaster and be self sufficient for ten days.

In order to achieve this, the team members have to be trained firefighters. They have been selected as suitable for the work and are fully inoculated for working overseas.

Additional training is required by all team members, which is over and above the training that is required for normal Fire Service duties.

These personnel must then take with them a range of equipment, which will enable them to live and work in hostile environments anywhere in the world.

Background to the International Search and Rescue Team

Service teams were sent out to Iraq at the end of the Gulf War in support of the Operation 'Safe Haven' and provided humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish population fleeing from an oppressive Iraqi regime.

This effort was so successful that in 1992 the Home Office invited Fire Services to form an organisation to respond to International Disasters. The organisation formed to meet this need was initially called 'The United Kingdom Fire Services Search and Rescue Team.'

Following this, the International UK Search and Rescue Team (UK-ISAR) was established.

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