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Training 14/01 | Search Techniques

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As storm Brendan battled the South West, seventeen enthusiastic volunteers braved the elements for a training exercise located at Bedford Bridge. 

The purpose of the exercise was to practice searching over different terrains and locate several items that the training organiser had hidden previously. 

Each team was given a map of the three search areas and set off to start their search of the first area. Each area was slightly different, although all three were very wet, muddy, prickly and slippery. 

As the searches began, it became apparent that we were searching for paper plates which meant each area had to be thoroughly searched. This is a very typical example of behaviour needed during a call out. Not only do we have to locate the missing person, but we are also looking for clues that could help find them. Items of clothing and personal possessions are items that can greatly help the search. 

After the areas had been completed it was back to the rendezvous to discuss what was found and then to the local pub for a well-deserved pint to dry off.

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