SWAT Mission

The Severe Weather Assistance Team (SWAT) of the Nova Scotia Jeep Club will assist local, municipal or provincial agencies or groups in need of transportation assistance for their essential personnel or supplies during times of inclement weather, during states of emergency or in remote locations where our equipment is built to be. Such support is undertaken on a purely voluntary basis with the intent of the NSJC and it’s membership to be active supporters within our various communities.

Overview
The purpose of this information and list is to ensure all vehicles meet a minimum level of preparedness. These guidelines will help ensure we are safe and our contact within the community is viewed in a professional, positive manner. These guidelines are not intended to insult anyone as they provide some of the most basic Jeep related topics. Not everything is needed, but generally, club members have many, if not all, of the critical items listed below.

The bottom line is this: Each member of the SWAT Team is a contact with the community. If we all adhere to basic safety practices and are all prepared to a minimum common level with effective equipment, we will all showcase the NSJC to it’s fullest advantage any time we’re called out.

Guidelines
Be courteous at all times
Be helpful whenever possible
Introduce yourself immediately upon reaching your pick-up point – ensure you have the correct person/people and that they know you are with the SWAT team
Ensure your passenger is comfortable before leaving for your destination – it’s likely many of these folks have never traveled in well equipped Jeeps such as we will be providing – some may be nervous, some may be excited
Drive within the capabilities of your skills and vehicle
Obey all traffic laws
Do not take ANY unnecessary risks – take the path of least resistance in every situation when carrying passengers – this is not the time to “test” your Jeep
Your primary role during any call-out is to ensure people or supplies reach the required destination safely – time is obviously, less of a concern
Be alert for other emergency vehicles
Be alert for snow clearing equipment
Keep your cell phone fully charged
If you find yourself in an impassable spot, call in an update to the SWAT Coordinator
Keep the vehicle behind you in visual contact whenever possible
Please turn on your headlights and four-way flashers as conditions warrant
Think about airing down if you need the extra traction

SWAT Vehicle Check List
Please note – this is not a MUST HAVE list – some items are optional

Jeep with four-wheel drive – stock or modified
Winch - 8,000 to 12,000 Lb - optional
CB Radio
Cell Phone – optional – provided you are teamed with someone who has one
GPS unit - optional
Proper Area Maps – a working knowledge of the area will be fine for local call-outs such as ferry service for hospital employees. If we get a call-out for search & rescue assistance, or EMO, local area maps will be important, but again, not everyone will need them
Extra fuel – if applicable
Experienced Off-road Driver (Jeep 101 is available to anyone wishing to brush up on their skills)
Competent Vehicle Setup
Current MVI
Insurance in good standing
In good general, overall mechanical condition – not likely to leave you stranded while on a call-out
First Aid Kit – even a basic one
First Aid Training – goes with above – if you have it great
Fire Extinguisher – preferable, but again, optional
Waterproof matches – can be part of a first-aid kit – this is more appropriate if we get a call-out with EMO or Ground Search & Rescue
Fire-starter – see above statement
Emergency Flares - optional
Use winter rated washer fluid
Winter wipers
Windshield ice scraper
Winter-weight sleeping bag
Survival blanket (designed to retain heat)

Recovery Gear:

Recovery straps (no chains or straps with hooks)
Hi-lift Jack
Full Sized or matching spare tire
Recovery Points Front and rear.
Potable Water, Gator Aid, etc. for Crew and extra for others – as you see fit
Hand tools – when appropriate/as needed
Small self-recovery shovel during the winter
Any generally useful off-road gear which you normally carry on trail rides
Change of clothes, including spare boots and socks can be very important
Foul Weather Gear - Gore-Tex and Fleece with gloves. Pack for the worst weather you can imagine
Mechanix Gloves, work gloves or winter gloves as conditions dictate

Search Support Activities

Various groups or agencies, to support land search missions in rough terrain, may call us upon. We have the equipment to help, so we’re a natural fit. In any group search mission, support is as critical as searching. Carrying gear and supplies for searchers on foot is important. Do not be crushed if you are ask to “fetch” supplies for search groups or ferry searchers and/or equipment from one location to the next. Being there when a “rescue” is made is only part of search activities. We will be providing a vital function, even though we may not be on the front-line of the activities.