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Radio Officer

Introducing Ken McCubbin

The Radio Officer’s primary role is to ensure that all communications equipment is fully functional and to organise repairs and replacements as and when required. This usually involves working through the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland (MRCofS) Radio Officer but can also be with other commercial providers. The majority of the radio equipment that we use belongs to the MRCofS and is on a long lease to our Team, and the GMRT Radio Officer must make certain that all radio equipment is maintained to the highest standard. This requires all spare handsets and batteries to be regularly checked, and team members are responsible for maintaining their own handsets and batteries and report any faults. Communications is one of the key training areas and the Radio Officer organises twice yearly exercises as well as liaising with the Training Officer to ensure that radio use features on the majority of outdoor exercises. This includes using base sets and vehicle sets. The Radio Officer is the link between the committee and MRCofS and any national organisations responsible for the use of land based radios. Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) issues the Team with a licence and the Radio Officer is the nominal holder. This licence is issued on the understanding that all radio users follow the correct protocol, and inappropriate use could result in the licence being revoked. The Radio Officer assesses annually the competence of team members, and updates the protocol when national changes are implemented. During call outs and training exercises the Radio Officer is expected to have a leading role to ensure the smoothness of all transmissions and that an accurate log is maintained. In the event of a major call out involving other teams and agencies the Radio Officer will set up a network of communications ensuring the rapid and safe transfer of information to and from those involved in the incident.
Galloway Mountain Rescue
Providing a 24/7 search and rescue service in South West Scotland
In our Incident Control Vehicle Team Leaders Past and Present years in operation  40 1975-2015
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© Galloway MRT 2015

Radio Officer

Introducing Ken McCubbin

The Radio Officer’s primary role is to ensure that all communications equipment is fully functional and to organise repairs and replacements as and when required. This usually involves working through the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland (MRCofS) Radio Officer but can also be with other commercial providers. The majority of the radio equipment that we use belongs to the MRCofS and is on a long lease to our Team, and the GMRT Radio Officer must make certain that all radio equipment is maintained to the highest standard. This requires all spare handsets and batteries to be regularly checked, and team members are responsible for maintaining their own handsets and batteries and report any faults. Communications is one of the key training areas and the Radio Officer organises twice yearly exercises as well as liaising with the Training Officer to ensure that radio use features on the majority of outdoor exercises. This includes using base sets and vehicle sets. The Radio Officer is the link between the committee and MRCofS and any national organisations responsible for the use of land based radios. Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) issues the Team with a licence and the Radio Officer is the nominal holder. This licence is issued on the understanding that all radio users follow the correct protocol, and inappropriate use could result in the licence being revoked. The Radio Officer assesses annually the competence of team members, and updates the protocol when national changes are implemented. During call outs and training exercises the Radio Officer is expected to have a leading role to ensure the smoothness of all transmissions and that an accurate log is maintained. In the event of a major call out involving other teams and agencies the Radio Officer will set up a network of communications ensuring the rapid and safe transfer of information to and from those involved in the incident.
Galloway Mountain Rescue
In our Incident Control Vehicle
Providing a 24/7 search and rescue service in South West Scotland
years in operation  40 1975-2015