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DEVELOPING:  The Corps continues its development.  We have a defined structure and rank system along the lines of the Fire Service, but we are all serious about what we are trying to achieve and not interested in dressing up for the sake of it.

SAFEGUARDING:  The Corps takes this issue extremely seriously.  It is now Policy that every member of the CAVC, and Senior Staff under the JCAC, will be required to register with the Health Practice Associates once their initial First Aid element is completed, or sooner if already certified.  This gives the Corps an independent organisation to verify the qualifications, DBSs, and driving qualifications of ALL operational members. 

RALLY POINTS (RPs):  Rally Points are the recruitment hubs of the Corps, and even though most are now developing units, the RPs will remain for recruitment and will be possibly moved under the Community Resilience remit. 

COMMITMENT:  this really depends on the individual, and in part, in relation to the position they hold.  At a basic level, it is anticipated that a volunteer attends a weekly training evening, plus some weekend training as necessary.  As the Corps develops, and training gets to the appropriate level, there will be some weekend exercises to hone skills learnt and build operational preparedness.  Once fully operational, be prepared to attend emergency situations as necessary.

INSARAG is a global network of more than 80 countries and organisations under the United Nations umbrella. INSARAG deals with urban search and rescue (USAR) related issues, aiming to establish minimum international standards for USAR teams and methodology for international coordination in earthquake response based on the INSARAG Guidelines endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 of 2002, on “Strengthening the Effectiveness and Coordination of International Urban Search and Rescue Assistance”

The International Civil Defence Organisation (ICDO) is an intergovernmental organisation with the objective to contribute to the development by States of structures ensuring the protection and assistance of population and safeguarding property and the environment from natural or man-made disasters.

Can you be counted on?

The CAVC is the adult operational arm of the organisation.  Currently there are two streams within the units: First Aiders, and Generalists.  Everyone that joins the Corps will start as a ‘generalist’ to learn basic skills that will enable them to assist at an incident the moment they arrive. 

Once Basic Training is completed, members will get the opportunity to stay with the generalists or become a specialist in the Medical and Welfare Division.  As the organisation continues to develop, the First Aiders will progress to our level of the Emergency Support Medic trained to deal with trauma care, triage and mass casualty events. 

As numbers grow, the generalists will be able to specialise in one of over 20 other trades, such as communications, security, administration, logistics, and rescue & salvage to name just a few. 

The purpose of Health Practice Associates is to protect the health and well-being of patients who use the services of the individuals registered with us. They only seek to register people who meet the expected standards for their vocation’s skills, conduct and competence.

The HPA panel ensures expert, ethical and peer reviewed governance and oversight of all our registrants.

HPA improves accountability for non-statutory regulated clinicians. Displaying qualifications and professional development, as well as highlight those who fail to meet acceptable standards preserving role autonomy for safe practising clinicians.

TRAINING:  ALL units will complete the training as laid out under the JCAC Training Plan and overseen by the relevant Training Board.  Everyone starts as a generalist, and once all the generalist training is complete, there will be a split into two areas – Medical and Generalist.  The Medical area covers First Aid (Evacuation Specialists), Forward Medical Aid, and Welfare.  The generalist roles cover Security, Urban Search and Rescue, Logistics, Communication, etc. 

TRAINING BOARDS:  Each area will be covered by a Training Board of professionally qualified specialists.  These include ex-Police, Fire Service, Ambulance and private Paramedics, Engineers, etc. Each area will have the appropriate due diligence and seek to align with an external accrediting body where practical, or if necessary internally by an appropriately certified officer. 

ACCREDITATION FOR THE JCAC:  Following the completion of the Generalist training, as an organisation, the Corps will also start working towards the National accreditation awarded by the UN International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, as well as continuing with Specialist training.  The Corps will also seek to get registered under the International Civil Defence Organisation.

Where do you want to start?

Volunteer in the Civil Aid Volunteer Corps (CAVC) – this is our primary membership from which individuals can earn recognition and promotion and open to all.

Officer in the Civil Aid Volunteer Corps (CAVC) – being responsible for units of adult volunteers; these roles are particularly strong in leadership and team building.  Development and encouragement are at the forefront of the Corps’ purpose and the development of volunteers is as paramount as the progression of the cadets.  Organisational skills are equally prominent for this role.

Instructor in the Civil Aid Volunteer Corps and/or Civil Cadet Corps – these are roles suited to individuals who do have experience in either the emergency services or military, who can bring experience to the Corps and be role models to volunteers and cadets.

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