NARU is working with Mark Rayson Consultants and the University of Chichester to undertake a comprehensive review of physiological standards required for the nationally interoperable capabilities (MTFA, HART, CBRN).
This is the first comprehensive review since the first implementation of HART teams.
Concurrently Zeal Solutions are undertaking a review of psychological standards on behalf of NARU. This involves scientists and researchers assessing HART operatives while they perform key tasks for each of the high-risk capabilities.
The findings of this research will help to define new recruitment, selection and ongoing support standards including the publication of a NARU manual setting out the key guidelines.
The first live trials began at the Cardiff International White Water Centre this month where a number of HART operatives performed water rescue activities simulating the assessment, treatment and extrication of casualties from fast flowing water.
During these activities the operatives wore a range of physiological monitoring devices which provided live data to the scientists. Other supplementary tests were also performed before and after the activities.
The next trial will involve MTFA and CBRN/SORT staff performing a large number of activities at the NARU Education Centre in Winterbourne Gunner, Salisbury.
The final report will be published by the end of this financial year.
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