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RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA PROSPECTUS 2017
Rescue South Africa (2001/000122/08) was registered in 2001 as a non-prot organization.
Once upon a time, there was an old man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach every morning before he began his work.
Early one morning, he was walking along the shore after a big storm had passed and found the vast beach littered with starsh as far as the eye could see, stretching
in both directions.
O in the distance, the old man noticed a small boy approaching. As the boy walked, he paused every so often and as he grew closer, the man could see that he was
occasionally bending down to pick up an object and throw it into the sea. The boy came closer still and the man called out, “Good morning! May I ask what it is that
you are doing?”
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied Throwing starsh into the ocean. The tide has washed them up onto the beach and they can’t return to the sea by
themselves,” the youth replied. “When the sun gets high, they will die, unless I throw them back into the water.
The old man replied, “But there must be tens of thousands of starsh on this beach. I’m afraid you won’t really be able to make much of a dierence.
The boy bent down, picked up yet another starsh and threw it as far as he could into the ocean. Then he turned, smiled and said, “It made a dierence to that one!”
Adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977)
THE BOY AND THE STARFISH
RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA - HOW WE STARTED
THE CONCEPT WAS BORN
In the early 90’s a group of senior re
ghters got together and created a
skills development initiative designed
to uplift rescue service skills in the
Light Motor Vehicle Rescue (LMVR)
arena in South Africa.
These learning symposiums were
designed as competitions in order
to inspire and ignite the competitive
spirit within the South African Fire
Service. Quick popularity had shaped
these highly successful and local
competitions into what is now - teams
competing on an international scale.
During this time the group of founding
members volunteered to go abroad
and assist at an international earth-
quake disaster. This rescue mission
revealed to the team the serious
search and rescue skills shortage in
Southern Africa.
The concept of Rescue South Africa
was born: a vision to uplift African
resources to the international
standards observed on this rescue
mission and to build robust search and
rescue response capacity in Africa for
Africans.
“Our vision is to enable Africans to be
good citizens of the world and empower
them to offer humanitarian services
worldwide. To make a difference.”
- Ian Scher, CEO Rescue South Africa
THREE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES
Respond to sudden onset disasters
regionally, nationally and
internationally.
Build a cache of equipment to be
used towards this end, as well as to
be used for training purposes.
Build capacity regionally, nationally
and internationally.
USAID awarded funding and sent two teams from OFDA (O ce of
Foreign Disaster Assistance) to South Africa to instruct a preselect-
ed group as a part of their mission to assist vulnerable populations
in training resources to build resilience and strengthen their own
ability to respond to emergencies.
WE APPROACHED USAID FOR FUNDING
26 PEOPLE QUALIFIED
Rescue South Africa strategically preselected the delegates to ensure
maximum impact of this training opportunity. The selected people were
trained by OFDA.
Participants had to be members
of a  re department.
They had to be instructors in
their day-to-day jobs.
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THIS METHODOLOGY HAD AN EXPONENTIAL IMPACT
The group of 26 people selected for training has gone on to train thousands of South Africans.
EXECUTION
The group trained thousands of
South Africans to the level of
Urban Search & Rescue Technicians
(USAR).
IMPACT
They eectively developed USAR
technicians within existing emergency
services across the region, where
previously none had existed.
RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA - WHERE WE ARE TODAY
SUCCESS FROM THE FIRST INITIATIVE
USAID was inspired to expand on the project and
awarded Rescue South Africa additional funding to
train further aeld in disaster preparedness,
mitigation and management.
Putting together emergency response equipment
caches started soon after.
The Government of Japan, who wanted to partner
with Rescue South Africa after we went to Japan
as volunteers for the 2011 Tsunami disaster, also
awarded funding towards the initiative.
Rescue SA was now in a position to roll out our strategic structured framework model for continued
skill-upgrading training, a model designed to enhance the Search and Rescue capacity of professional
re and associated services personnel in eight of SADC’s (Southern African Development Community)
priority countries.
STRATEGIC STRUCTURED FRAMEWORK MODEL
8 SELECTED COUNTRIES
BOTSWANA
SWAZILAND
LESOTHO
NAMIBIA
MALAWI
MADAGASCAR
MOZAMBIQUE
ZAMBIA
HIGH LEVEL PURPOSE OF FRAMEWORK MODEL
The high level purpose of the project was to support the governments of these beneciary countries by strengthening their existing national systems and thereby
enhance their resilience, eective preparedness and response capability to sudden onset disasters - with a specic focus on Search and Rescue.
Missions - Rustenburg Kloof
SUPPORT FOR THE THREE KEY OBJECTIVES SEPTEMBER 2017
By September 2017 selected teams from
Namibia, Madagascar, Malawi, Lesotho
and Botswana will have been fully trained
as USAR technicians in our comprehensive
course curriculum.
• High Angle 1 Rescue
• High Angle 2 Rescue
• Conned Space Rescue
• Light Motor Vehicle Rescue
• Swift Water (Madagascar)
• Hazardous Chemical Rescue
• Industrial & Agricultural Rescue
• Fire Search and Rescue
Trench Rescue
• Structural Collapse Rescue
Train the Trainer
Rescue SA needed to further build the emergency
equipment cache. We approached emergency
equipment suppliers from all over the world to
assist us with competitive pricing and cost deals.
We managed to build an emergency services
equipment cache, comprising of approximately 40
tons of very specialized equipment, valued at over
R20 million. This cache is arguably one of the most
comprehensive emergency services equipment
caches in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our instructors and training material have been
accredited by the University of Johannesburg
ensuring a tertiary institution benchmark.
This benchmark ensures not only the international
standard of our training solution, but also
entrenches the standardization of training
required to ensure uniformity and team cohesion
in the future.
After successfully running these multi-national projects over the last twelve years, Rescue South Africa has rened our model to maximize our funders’
return on investment. We believe that our cost to train a delegate is the most cost eective quality solution available today.
FUNDERS’ RETURN ON INVESTMENT
This model includes bringing preselected candidates to train in South Africa at the University of Johannesburg, where all our courses have been accredited
and our graduating students are recognized as USAR technicians. Our training solution includes high quality full housing, transport (both international
and daily local transport requirements), comprehensive international travel insurance, university registration and all instruction, materials and
assessment.
TRAINING AT UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG
PUBLIC FUNDS FOR GLOBAL DISASTER RESPONSE
MOZAMBIQUE
HAITI
INDIA
JAPAN
MALAWI
IRAN
PAKISTAN
DRC
ALGERIA
PHILIPPINES
SOUTH AFRICA
Rescue South Africa has successfully received public funding to respond to disasters all over the world, including:
THE BIG FIVE OUTCOMES
Thousands of emergency service personnel have been trained within South
Africa and the SADC region; many to the level of Urban Search and Rescue
Technicians (USAR).
An emergency services equipment cache of over 40 tons valued at over
R20 million. Arguably one of the most comprehensive emergency services
equipment caches in sub-Saharan Africa.
We have a tried and tested model and track record, including
personnel, operational procedures and logistics that enable us to oer the
highest quality training at the most cost eective price.
Standardized courses, accredited by the University of Johannesburg, with
international recognition, ensures team cohesion and ease of
integration.
Skills and relationship foundation, built for a fully functional and
autonomous SADC USAR Task Force.
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RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA - INTO THE FUTURE
Able to service South Africa, the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) and the African Union (AU).
Our center has already successfully developed thousands of students to
specialize in rescue modules, and many of these students have become
professional Advanced Rescue Practitioners, with boots-on-the-ground,
uplifting disaster response capacity in Southern Africa.
WORLD CLASS TRAINING CENTRE
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #ONE
To continue the development of Urban Search and Rescue Technicians in the SADC region.
Expanding the SADC countries
beneting from the training.
Expanding the core groups we have
already trained.
USAR SA received international accreditation from the United Nations.
They are one of only two recognized rescue teams in Africa. By setting up the
required scenario-based training exercises between USAR SA and various SADC
core teams we will lay down the foundation for a SADC Task Force.
Rescue SA has a Memorandum of Understanding with USAR SA that we will assist
when needed. A good example of that cooperation is the ood
incident in Johannesburg, that caused the roof of a hospital to collapse.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #TWO
Form a USAR Response team for the SADC region.
Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital
- FEBRUARY, 2017.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #THREE
Maintain equipment caches to enhance the lifespan of the equipment.
Our equipment has high wear-and-tear, due to excessive training. This compromises the lifespan of the equipment, which is a risk well worth
mitigating when you consider that the equipment is one of the most comprehensive caches in Sub-Saharan Africa and is made available for use in
disaster recovery missions. This equipment is to be made available to the USAR SADC team.
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE #FOUR
The African Union has, over recent years, shown an appetite for USAR training in West, Central and East Africa where they do not currently have
USAR trained rescue professionals. They have been keen observers of the programme and are aware of its unprecedented success. This year our
students have achieved a 100% pass rate. This, together with the fact that we will produce over 60 qualied USAR professionals in 2017 alone, is
a major historic achievement.
Expand training into the African Union.
RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA - IN CONCLUSION
DEMAND
THROUGH EMPOWERMENT, WE CAN HELP OURSELVES
The trend in the United Nations, and indeed the
world at large today, is a very strong desire to
develop disaster risk reduction.
Disaster risk reduction encompasses being
able to mitigate against a disaster so that
people are adequately trained to respond.
Rescue South Africa has been committed to instilling this idea onto the continent since its
inception in 2001.
IMPACT
ONCE WE CAN HELP OURSELVES, WE CAN ASSIST GLOBALLY
We have found there is resonance for this in Africa.
From October 2017, Rescue South Africa
will be in the exciting position of deciding
how to harness our achievements going
forward by providing continued training
and further developmental support to
enhance self-suciency and integrated
response power so that African
countries are equipped to deal with all
hazard and sudden onset incidences in
their own countries and neighboring
countries in the event of such incidences.
We are now in the position to pull together
a multi-disciplinary rapid response SADC
Task Force to respond to sudden onset
disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa, and
globally.
EXCITING POSITION
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WE ARE READY TO PARTNER UP
We are ready to partner with funders to continue and grow upon the work achieved with our funders to date, and to translate this investment
into the long-term goals.
Our programme has clearly proven this is not impossible to achieve with the correct training, support and equipment.
HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL MODEL
THANK YOU.
Rescue South Africa has a highly successful model and track record
of providing aordable, standardized training that has resulted in
uplifting emergency service personnel in all the countries we have
trained to international best-practice standards.
We have literally thousands of boots on the ground as a result of
our training interventions.
In order to sustain this capacity continued support is required.
RESCUE SOUTH AFRICA
PO Box 500, Saxonwold, Johannesburg, 2132
Phone: +27 11 234 1545
Cell: 082 459 9765
E-Mail: ian@rescue-sa.co.za
Web: www.rescue-sa.co.za
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Rescue South Africa (2001/000122/08) was registered in 2001 as a non-prot organization.