Expedition Safety and Management
We have been running overseas expeditions for many years and participant and leader safety is at the heart of everything we do. Venture Force has one of the best expedition safety records among expedition providers in the UK and this comes down to the careful planning of expeditions, the meticulous attention to detail with regard to risk assessments and safety management, the excellent training of young people prior to expedition, employing first class expedition leaders with a wealth of experience in leading overseas expeditions and the provision of a 24 hour communication and backup system here in the UK
OPERATIONS CONTROL ROOM and 24/7 Support
Venture Force adventures, expeditions and programmes are monitored and supported by an advanced safety back-up system, at the heart of which is our Operations Control Room:
Overseen by Graham Gibb MBE and staffed by experienced Mountain Rescue and Uniformed Service Incident Managers.
Available 24 hours per day whilst teams are in the field meaning that all teams, wherever they are in the world, can contact us for advice and help whilst in the field.
Ensure that our Venture Force teams and their leaders are kept up to date with any situations that may impact on the safety and well being of teams overseas and at home and to monitor and assist where necessary.
Work closely with our in-country agents and emergency service providers in country.
Venture Force has comprehensive travel, liability and medical insurance for everyone which allows for emergency evacuation, medical treatment and reparation.
COMMUNICATION AND TRACKING
Venture Force ensure that communication with our teams in the UK is available 24 hours per day.
We utilise modern Satellite phone systems that enables two way communications between expedition teams and our Operations Control Room.
We equip our team with SPOT locator beacons that allows the Operations Control room staff to monitor precisely the location and progress of our teams.
We provide all teams with contact details of key facilities in country and with an expedition specific communications protocol.
INTERNATIONAL SEARCH AND RESCUE
Prior to an Expedition’s departure, Venture Force register each client with the GEOS International Search and Rescue Service. This ensures a fast, efficient rescue service throughout the world and is part of of the inclusive Insurance Cover we provide.
GEOS and Venture Force Operation Control Rooms liaise directly to ensure that the correct resources are deployed or actioned at the correct time to bring any situation to its best conclusion.
Pre-departure Risk Management and Training
Expedition Specific Risk Assessments are prepared prior to expedition with input from our expedition managers, in country agents and technical advisors.
Risk assessments are kept updated regularly and reviewed following each expedition. All risk assessment are scrutinised our Technical Advisers with regard to incident reports, near miss reports and post expedition reports from previous expeditions and other providers expeditions.
Our Venture Force Leader Team is briefed and trained in Dynamic Risk Assessments which act support the expedition risk assessment.
Travel Safety Advice is obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth website and continuously monitored by our office team.
We employ first class expedition leaders who are selected based on their experience and qualifications. We make sure we get to know our expedition leaders very well before we employ them and trust that they are the best people possible to lead a safe and exciting expedition!
All of our leaders have recent Disclosure and Barring Checks (DBS/CRB) and have signed our Child Protection policy.
All participants will be required to attend a training weekend prior to their expedition where they will be introduced to the concepts of risk awareness and management and will be provided in training on the necessary topics.