Competencies and Services
MCSA Search and Rescue’s primary competency lies in dealing with emergencies in non-urban environments (i.e. typically remote, wilderness and/or mountainous areas). MCSA Search and Rescue is able to offer assistance, on a volunteer basis, to persons involved in bona-fide emergencies based on resource availability. A wide range of competencies are maintained through a programme of regular training. Competencies include: Survival and movement in difficult wilderness/mountainous areas, rope rescue, helicopter based rescue, wilderness medicine and patient care, radio communication and search management. MCSA Search and Rescue teams involvement in search and rescue is provided free of charge. MCSA Search and Rescue services relates to searches (e.g. overdue or missing parties, lost aircraft), rescues (e.g. injured or stranded climbers or hikers, aviation accidents) and the recovery of mortal remains in inaccessible areas under the direction and request of the SAPS.