Cold Weather Survival Training in Sweden

Crew members from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, who also form part of the United Kingdom International Search and Rescue (UK-ISAR) Team, have recently attended training sessions in Sweden.

Watch Manager Stephen Fuge and Firefighter Derek Lewis have both attended cold weather survival courses as part of their ongoing international search and rescue training.  The cold weather survival training provided the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques such as constructing winter snow shelters, methods of starting fires in arctic environments and education on hypothermia and frostbite.

The training sessions in Sweden, which is one of the coldest countries on Earth, have prepared Stephen and Derek on how to survive in challenging conditions in colder climates should they be deployed to any as part of the UK-ISAR Team.


The UK-ISAR Team are on-call 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year to respond to humanitarian incidents, accidents or disasters anywhere in the world, to provide a search and rescue capability and support humanitarian efforts. The team has been operating for over 20 years and has components from 13 UK Fire and Rescue Services, who have successfully carried out search, rescue and relief missions around the world.