The Malta SAR Training Centre (SARTC) is modeled on the United States
Coast Guard's own SAR School, which is widely accepted to be the
world's premier source for Search and Rescue (SAR) training as well
as being on the cutting edge of applying new technologies to SAR.
The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) and United States Coast Guard teaching
staff draw on many years of operational experience in order to provide
comprehensive training in oceanic and coastal search planning procedures
to SAR professionals from the AFM and international SAR services.
Facilities at the Centre have been designed specifically to take
full advantage of the latest developments in technology and give
the SAR Centre the best possible amenities for the running of specialised
courses. The Centre has a state-of-the-art projection system connected
to a system running the Search and Rescue Personal Computer (SAR
PC) programme. The system is used to demonstrate the Joint Automated
Work Sheets and general command and control techniques currently
used in computer-based Operations and Command and Control Centres.
It also allows the graphical depiction of case studies in order
to allow maximum learning benefit as well as permitting graphical
debriefs of all exercises run by the Centre.
In order to make the learning process interesting and realistic,
the Centre has been equipped with six simulated Operations Centres
or better still Simulators, allowing students to practice real-time
search planning techniques and exercise the running of SAR cases
in a life-like, stress-filled environment. Each simulator is equipped
with two computers, telephones, a chart table, and reference publications.
Students can be faced with a variety of training scenarios designed
by the staff to highlight particular issues that lead to the use
of specialised techniques. An audio-visual monitoring system enables
SAR TC staff to monitor each simulator individually during exercises
and training. The subsequent debriefings allow all students to take
away the maximum learning value from each and every scenario. These
facilities ensure that personnel attending the Centre receive the
most up to date, real world training available.
The Centre is based in Safi Barracks, which also houses the AFM's
logistical support facilities. The premises are newly refurbished
to a high standard with all the administrative facilities necessary
for the smooth running of the academic activities. The Barracks
themselves offer catering facilities during training hours.
students may reside in a hotel designated by the Centre at a specially
organised price or, should they wish, may reside in any of the wide
variety of hotel accommodation available on the island. This varies
from the standard 3-star bed-and-breakfast to luxury 5-star establishments.
International Airport has excellent international connections, which
should make arriving from the island from almost any destination
trouble-free. Transport from and to the airport on arrival or departure
as well as transit to and from the Centre to the designated hotel
on a daily basis, will be provided by the Centre itself.