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The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team which is based in Roundwood Garda Station, is recruiting high caliber individuals to join the team in Autumn 2012. Having increased the number of team emergency response vehicles to 4 in the last few months, welcoming 12 new full team members to the team, and responding to an ever increasing numbers of incidents, this is an exciting and challenging time to be part of the team.
After the initial probationary training program and hands on experience you will be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:·
We expect you to be familiar with the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains already and be comfortable in a mountain environment. You should already be able to navigate with confidence – we’ll test your skills on the hill before selecting recruits for the training program. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed Mountain Skills Assessment (MSA) or MS1/MS2 training. The MSA is the minimum navigation competency requirement to be completed before being considered for full team membership. You need to be committed to the service the team provides and ideally you should live in the Wicklow, South Dublin or East Kildare regions. Most importantly you need to have a good sense of humour and enjoy working in a professional, close knit team.
If you feel you fit the bill, please complete the preliminary online application form below. You can also come along to our open night in early October which will also be advertised via Facebook and the team website. Successful applicants will be invited on a hill assessment day in October prior to being considered for entry ontoour 12 month training programme.
For more information on the team please visit our website www.dwmrt.ie. To see more about what we do please visit us on YouTube or Facebook.
Process of becoming a full team member of DWMRT
Frequently asked Questions
1. When are you recruiting?
We are recruiting now. Applicants should fill our online application form before Sunday 14th October 2012. We are holding an open night for potential new recruits on Friday the 12th October at 8 pm in Roundwood Parish Hall (beside the team base in Roundwood Garda Station). If you have any questions about MR & are interested in joining & meeting the team please come to the open night.
For successful applicants the hill assessment is on the 3rd of November in Wicklow. We will be contacting all applicants by the 21st October to advise if they are being called for hill assessment so please keep the 3rd of November free in the mean time
2. What sort of people are you looking for?
Our team are a diverse bunch made up of both male and female volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds including the full time emergency services, self-employed, trades, mountaineering instructors, doctors, engineers, IT, civil service etc. We are looking for enthusiastic mountain goers who are good team players & are interested in enhancing & developing our voluntary 999 service
3. Do I have to live within a certain distance of the mountains?
Applicants must reside in the Wicklow, South Dublin or East Kildare regions & within a reasonable distance of our operational area to ensure a quick response time to our main areas of operation & also have their own transport (of the mechanical variety!). Due to the extent of the area we cover, the team goal is to have a dynamic response capability with our 4 emergency vehicles which are positioned along with our team members in a variety of key locations to ensure a speedy response!
4. Do I need to have a formal mountaineering/ navigation qualification?
Not initially, but preference will be given to applicants who have completed Mountain Skills Assessment (MSA) or MS1/MS2 training. If you are accepted for a hill assessment on the 3rd November & successfully pass the assessment, you must complete the MSA during your probationary training year with the team if you do not already have it.
5. What kind of assessment is required by the team for potential new recruits?
We run a navigation & hill assessment which will take place over at least an 8 hour period & include day & night navigation. The assessment will be to Mountain Skills standard & include an assessment of your fitness & equipment/ gear
6. Do I need to have a first aid cert to be accepted?
No but you must complete a recognised first aid course during the probationary period if accepted onto the programme.
7. What training do I get if accepted?
You must attend the mountain rescue induction day on the 25th November which will cover all key MR skills including stretcher rigging, patient packaging, personal crag skills, search skills, radio operations, MR equipment etc. After that you will be attending all team training sessions & you must attend at least two thirds of the scheduled team training during your probationary period to be able to go for your final assessment. Training includes helicopter ground school & flight training. The probationary period is a minimum of 12 months
8. Why do you have a probationary period?
Before accepting new recruits as full team members, we like to ensure that team members are competent mountaineers & mountain rescuers & comfortable working in potentially stressful circumstances where both our & other lives may depend on your skills! We therefore have an organised programme based around core MR competencies to ensure a minimum standard is met by every potential team member
9. Are there ongoing assessments after I am accepted as a probationary member?
Yes, being accepted does not guarantee that you will become a full team member. There will be an overnight winter mountain bivi & night navigation assessment & continuous assessment. This will include a basic crag skills assessment following training & also an attendance review. This will culminate in a final MR skills assessment after a minimum of 12 months training
10. What level of training commitment is required?
The team have 3 training sessions per month in general, this includes 1 Wednesday night, 1 Friday night & one full day at the weekend (usually Sunday). The Wednesday night session is usually in Larch Hill Scout Centre in the Dublin Mountains & the Friday night session in Wicklow. The Sunday session is normally Wicklow based
11. What level of rescue commitment is required?
Callouts are quite variable, the team can expect 50-60 callouts per year but not all of these are full team callouts. Potentially 1-2 callouts per month could be expected on average. Team members are required to attend as many callouts as possible, but family & work commitments have to come first as we are all volunteers
12. Do I get to go on callouts straight away after being accepted?
We will assess the readiness of the probationary group after initial training to go on our callout list to ensure nobody is put in a position they are not comfortable to deal with, however during any team training sessions you will be tasked to a callout with experienced team members if we are notified of an incident
13. What if there is a callout during the week when I am at work?
Most callouts are at weekends & in the evenings & not all employers will release their staff, so that is not a major problem. You should however be reasonably free at the weekends as this is our busiest time
14. How fit do I have to be?
You should be capable of spending 8 hours+ on the hill walking at 4-5km per hour while carrying a 45 litre rucksack
15. Do I need to be a rock climber?
No, climbing skills are useful but we will get everybody up to the same standard in basic crag skills before the end of the probationary programme so that you will be comfortable setting up an anchor system & abseiling down vertical ground
16. Do you accept students?
Unfortunately we don’t accept full time students due to study commitments, but come back to us when you have graduated!
17. What age do you have to be?
You have to be 21 years of age or over to apply