Personal Equipment for Team Members

All operational team members must have sufficient clothing that is fit for purpose and consistent with our role to survive in any weather conditions for up to a 24hr deployment. What form this takes is a matter for the individual member, but everyone must at all times remain readily recognisable and professional in appearance. Below is a suggested kit list to fulfil these requirements

Suggested kit list for Trainees

  • Base layer (wicking; preferably not cotton)
  • Mid layer/s (e.g. fleece top / jacket)                          
  • Trousers (quick drying; not jeans)
  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over-trousers       
  • Boots
  • Socks                         
  • Hat (warm / sun as appropriate)
  • Gloves
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Rucksack of at least 40 litres (40-50 litre capacity is recommended)

Trainees are expected to have a certain amount of suitable kit. Trainees need not attempt to purchase the entire requirement of kit until being accepted as a full team member. There are also opportunities to acquire / get discounts on kit as a trainee / team member with various outdoor firms. Please ask about the opportunities.

Team Members to wear or carry – all year round

  • Team issue waterproof jacket and / or belay jacket (depending on forecast conditions)
  • Team issue base layer
  • Team issue mid layer (depending on conditions)
  • Team issue helmet
  • Team issue torch (available for use when required)
  • Team issue hi-viz jacket (carried at all times)
  • Rucksack of at least 40 litres (40-50 litre capacity is recommended)
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Notebook and pen
  • Personal first aid kit (in case separated from search party; except for cas-carer carrying kit)
  • Small group shelter or survival bag
  • Blizzard bag and / or insulated jacket in winter