If you would like to join our frontline team to help support the work we undertake to prevent suicide in our community, visit the Join Us page to find out about all the roles that are currently available and about our recruitment process.
Basic Mandatory Training (BMT)
Once new prospective team members have been through the recruitment process, they will be invited to attend the SPIIOW Basic Mandatory Training (BMT) – an assessment based core competency training delivered over one weekend. Once new team members have reached the competency minimum requirement, they will undertake the rest of the training as listed below.
Ligature Removal and Risk Management Training
This training covers the subjects of:
Elements of the Law, Dangers and mechanism of ligature use,
Anatomy of the neck, Asphyxiation and dangers of asphyxiation, Signs of asphyxiation,
Examples of ligatures, Anchor points, Ligature strangulation, Hanging (full and partial), Levels of risk to consider and assessment of risk, Safe ligature removal, Types of ligature cutters, How to use ligature cutters, Preserving evidence, Maintenance of ligature cutters (cleaning contaminated cutters), Ligature management flow chart,
The training consists of 2 x practical assessments which involve the team physically supporting a ligature user and removing a ligature from the neck (standing and lying on the ground).
Safe Working at Height (SWAH)
This training contains both practical and theory elements and provides an introduction to regulations, legislation and equipment relevant to working at height, as well as safe systems of work including work restraint, work positioning and fall arrest systems.
First Response Emergency Care
The Qualsafe First Response Emergency Care (FREC®) Level 3 meets all the competencies for a non-health care professional pre-hospital provider to care for patients as a secondary role. This training is endorsed by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
Water & Flood Awareness (AW) – DEFRA Module 1
A classroom based course designed to provide personnel working near water and floods with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by this environment and to develop an understanding of water rescue techniques.
Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (SFR) – DEFRA Module 2
(Bank-based and shallow water rescue using reaching, throwing and wading). This First Responder course is a water-based course with some classroom content. Our team members are expected to train in moving water up to UK class 2 – this includes some swimming and self-rescue, as well as wading and casualty rescue. Assessment is continuous over the training together with a multiple choice assessment paper.
Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technician (SRT) DEFRA Module 3
The Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician course complies with Defra Module 3 content requirements and, for many years, has been seen as the benchmark training course for swiftwater and flood rescue teams. This training course is intended for personnel who may be required to carry out rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment, including emergency services personnel and mountain rescue teams