SiRRAN Technology Featured In Angel Thunder; The World’s Largest Search And Rescue Exercise 

Rescue Global selected SiRRAN to provide equipment to support information gathering, transmission, command /  control support, location finding and common communications platform, during the most challenging of environments in which Rescue Global was deployed.

As a Crisis and Disaster Response Agency, Rescue Global focus on the first few days of a crisis or disaster, aiming to put expert crisis and disaster response personnel on the ground in the shortest possible time. Conducting disaster reconnaissance and immediate assessments empowers search, rescue and command support missions.

Angel Thunder is designed specifically to deliver real-world scenarios which are challenging to the participants – especially in relation to interoperability and less than optimal communications conditions.

Creating the ideal training environment; Angel Thunder staged a number of scenarios in both mountain and desert locales for Rescue Global and other Search & Rescue teams to put people, processes and equipment through their paces. The ‘Caldwell Cabin Exercise’ was a government planned and executed operation where the participants; a team of Rescue Global Pathfinders, Silver Command Operators and a Liaison Team, were tasked with a multiple casualty search, rescue and multinational military team evacuation mission.

Rescue Global deployed the SiRRAN portable GSMnet system allowing the Pathfinder Team to establish communications instantly.  Under the challenging conditions of such a mountainous region with no existing communications infrastructure, this empowered every mobile and smart device user within the area.

“Delivering accurate and timely information from the very heart of a crisis or disaster to partners helps us make the right decisions and so enables us to empower other first responders who might otherwise have less information upon which to plan their actions. In this scenario, the information which Rescue Global delivered to the other ‘players’ – civil, military and government – ensured the efficient and safe evacuation from a casualty handling area which we established, using fixed wing and rotary assets for 4 different nations”said David Jones, Commanding Officer, Rescue Global.

They were able to broadcast a text message which allowed the recipients to call and request help. The casualties were able to make international calls to next-of-kin.

“The exercise provided a challenging training environment, which I’m happy to say our team passed with flying colours, alongside specialist teams we are likely to work with in the real world. This training will save lives” continued David. 

“The SiRRAN technology captured the casualties’ phones and we were able to send them messages that help was on its way, to the amazement of the other Search & Rescue Teams.  They were not expecting us to be able to create a network, capture numbers and reach out to the injured to give reassurance to them whilst we triangulated their positions.”

As well as establishing a resilient communications network between Pathfinders, Silver and Gold Command, the Pathfinder Team were also able to broadcast live continuous video feed via satellite through Rescue Global’s portal to all interested participants, globally.

About Rescue Global
Rescue Global is a UK Charity and USA Not for Profit, Crisis and Disaster Response Agency, deploying to natural and man-made disasters worldwide, staffed almost exclusively by former emergency services, public sector and military veterans. Constantly challenging the status quo to deliver more imaginative and resilient communications is a key objective of Rescue Global.  For more information, visit:



June 20, 2014

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