Terrafirma Training launch initiative to support the Voluntary Emergency Services
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October 26 2020

The Voluntary Emergency Services are organisations we can always rely on, no matter what the incident.  Recognising their value, particularly in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Terrafirma Training are keen to support the dedication of these organisations by offering 120 free training places on their bespoke 4x4 training course. 

The Voluntary Emergency Services are organisations that the Principal Response Agencies (PRA's) such as An Garda Siochána, the National Ambulance Service, and Fire & Rescue can call upon to assist and support in a wide variety of situations, from missing person searches to major incident response scenarios.

Terrafirma Training has developed the bespoke training course, Severe Weather and Off-Road Driving (SWORD), which is accredited by Lantra. The course deals with the basics of severe weather and off-road driving, including health and safety, risk assessment and management, vehicle specific controls and equipment, basic off-road driving techniques, driving in severe weather and vehicle recovery.

Kevin Jones, Director said: “4x4 vehicles handle and behave very differently to a normal road car, even the most experienced 4x4 drivers can find themselves in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations.  Over the past 5 years Terrafirma Training have trained many of the Voluntary Emergency Services, including the Order of Malta, St Johns Ambulance, Red Cross and Mountain Rescue in operating 4x4 vehicles, at this time we are keen to support the dedication of these organisations by offering free training to their staff.”

Terrafirma Training will be co-ordinating training days regionally over the next few months to allow participants to attend a local training day. If your organisation is interested in participating in this training initiative, you should apply through your officer in charge. Please note, individual applications will not be accepted.