SAPS and emergency services showcase search and rescue readiness

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The South African Police Service in Gauteng showcased their readiness for any eventuality during a simulation of a search and rescue operation in conjunction with other emergency role players

The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng showcased their readiness for any eventuality during a simulation of a search and rescue operation in conjunction with other emergency roleplayers.

The SAPS, and the Water Wing-Off Road Rescue Unit (ORRU), Mountain Search and Rescue (MSAR), Netcare, and Gauteng Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) worked together as one team to execute a multidisciplinary simulation search and rescue call.

This took place on 10 November 2020 at the Waterkloof Marina Retirement Estate in Orion road in Waterkloof Ridge.

The simulation aimed to test a variety of skills needed during a search and rescue operation.

Scenarios were set up to practice water and high angle rescues. Each emergency service utilized their expertise and skills to the fullest during the stimulation.

The rainy conditions assisted in making the simulation more realistic as it is weather conditions that are encountered regularly during such operations.

Brigadier Samuel Kilian, commander for the Gauteng Police Emergency Services (PES), said he is proud of the way his members operated and showcased their readiness and intensive attained training.

Brigadier Kilian commended Pretoria K9 for taking the initiative for arranging the simulation and thanked all the different roleplayers involved.

“Today was only a simulation but normally the South African Police Service and these rolesplayers are exposed to high-risk situations daily where they perform their duties and put other people’s lives first,” he said.

Communities are urged to play their role by reporting any suspicious person, vehicles or circumstances to the police immediately by phoning the 10111 emergency number.

Information with regards to crime can be given to the police anonymously by phoning 08600 10111 or by using the My SAPS app.