If you are considering joining RescueNet we have put together the essential information you will need to help you make your decision. You can browse through the most frequently asked questions below or skip to the Become A Member section. If you have any unanswered queries don’t hesitate to ask us using the contact form at the bottom of the page.
As these roles can vary largely in their nature we would invite you to contact us directly to discuss getting involved.
We typically will know only the basics of our deployment when we leave. We will often have a contact in the area giving us information and will have some details about our initial location and mission; however this can change by the time we land and will likely change several times during our deployment. If we are travelling to an area where you don’t feel safe (and this will happen) you have the option to pray it through and decline.
This is because we intentionally go to dangerous places. It’s who we are. People need to know going in that we will be in some of the roughest, most devastated and potentially dangerous scenarios in the world. However, we always put our team’s safety above the needs around us.
You will need to keep your 1st Aid/ CPR certifications current at all times. Usually they will need to be renewed every 2 years. This is the basic level of emergency response. We hope you can join RN for further training every two years or so also. That’s not mandatory, but you must be involved in some sort of ongoing learning and training in order to keep your skills up to date and ready for deployment.
Become A Member
The first stage is to participate in one of our introductory courses, designed to expose each participant to the various fields of emergency relief work, including First Response Medicine, Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression, Disaster Psychology, Radio Communications, Disaster Childcare, Field Awareness, etc.
The training course builds up towards a final written review and ‘disaster’ scenario. The aim of this is to simulate, as realistically as we can, in-the-field experiences, allowing the participant to evaluate whether they feel comfortable working with the team in situations of this nature.
In addition, a current First Aid certificate which includes CPR competency is required to enter our training program. You will be asked to read and have understood the RescueNet manual in advance, which requires around 20 hours.
If accepted, you would enter the probationary period which consists of 2 phases – PP1 & PP2. If either phase is not completed successfully you will be invited to repeat it. We will do our best to help you shore up the areas you may be having difficulty with. We are not looking for perfection, but because of the events that we respond to, we are looking for people who have the determination and aptitude to respond appropriately in a large-scale crisis. The mental and physical pressure can be high so we insist everyone involved has confidence that the valuable work of RescueNet is suited to you.
Once you have decided on which course you wish to attend, contact us through the form at the bottom of the page or through the email contact listed in the course details.