I have heard through a VERY reliable source that they have put together a team of senior recovery mechanics to look at the trade as a whole, and suggest modifications to the training they are recieving. In essence the class 1 course is just a repeat of the class 2 course so they are looking at completely re-writing the class 1 syllabus. This problem is not unique to recovery mechanics so all of the trade groups will be looked at in the near future. My question is a serious one, what should the criteria be for a class 1 recovery mechanic. Given that many recovery vehicles are manned by 2 recovery mechanics should they be trained in expedient repair and have a more indepth knowledge of hydraulics, transmissions ect...? Should explosives form part of the class 1 course as well as a lifting examiners qualification? I would value any suggestions as to what should be included in any future courses, be it class 1, 2 or 3. I know that some of those that form part of the team read ARRSE so it is a good opportunity to air our views.