Volunteering for CCRF

#1
I've been looking at volunteering for the Civil Contingency Reaction Force for my area (midlands) and was wondering if anyone knows how you go about it, or if someone can give me more details on it.

Any help would be appreciated :)
 
#2
Get the wonderfully exciting glossy pamphlet from your PSAO,fill in the form at the back,attend the midnight initiation ceremony in the old haunted church and you're in. :lol:
 
#4
firestarter said:
Get the wonderfully exciting glossy pamphlet from your PSAO,fill in the form at the back,attend the midnight initiation ceremony in the old haunted church and you're in. :lol:

Does it involve anything like 'Belts off, trousers down', or am I just going to have to hang a round the docks, as usual?
 
#7
Chalky,

I don't know how things are done in your neck of the woods but as far as CCRF is concerned these days if you are a member of the TA and you haven't opted out then you're in!!
 
#8
I'm in a specialist unit and have heard nothing about it.

The Sabre website also suggests that CCRF is entirely voluntary.

Otherwise, I have no idea.
 
#12
As I understand it

a) big issue on local news
b) grab your shit, get into TAC
c) wait for coy and pl comds to get in
d) when comd staff arrive, be told that police have all control, and you can f**k off
e) If not told to f**k off, you can stand and "advise" civpop not to move into the shark infested custard
f) civpop go into shark infested custard
g) civpop die
h) ENDEX
 
#13
Yes I can imagine the scene


There's been an explosion at Little Nethering in the Wolds, the nuculear generator has brewed up and the core has gone into meltdown.

Meanwhile in a control bunker for the CCRF, which looks surprisingly like a cupboard under the stairs, a phone rings. Red phone - panic for the use of.

"CCRF tactical ballistical whimsical cell. Lowest rank in the naafi standing to attention SIR"

"Ah sig Smith, its the Duty Police cock up controller again, we have an incident at Little Nethering on the Wolds, its nuculear I'm afraid and worst of all the only way into the facilty concerns 2 long planks some rope and 4 oil drum."
 
#14
cannon fodder said:
CCRF is sooooo poo... .
It might be the case for the actual CCRF Bns but for many regiments supporting such tasks is their primary role (its not back filling regular units). I think our job is interesting and we have been given this job over the regular army (which isn't exactly true). If we loose this role cause it appears TA hate it etc then we loose another couple of thousand TA soldiers (couple of thousand on paper anyway)
 

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#15
As far as i am aware, CCRF is pretty much compulsory if you are in the TA. However, the exercises are often mor useful for the headshed than the ordinary bods. My experience on these things so far has consisted of standing by a door for 12 hours in an unheated hanger, and only allowing 1 person to go to the outside toilet at a time, my contribution to national security!
Apparently last year, they stood outside next to a wrecked train in full NBC gear for 12 hours....
 
#16
CCRF - the pre-Telic justification for our existence ... what fun it is :roll:

What I want to know is if 35,000 properly funded and equipped London blue lights can't sort the problem out exactly what are a few hundred London TA going to do exactly?
 
#17
polar said:
cannon fodder said:
CCRF is sooooo poo... .
It might be the case for the actual CCRF Bns but for many regiments supporting such tasks is their primary role (its not back filling regular units). I think our job is interesting and we have been given this job over the regular army (which isn't exactly true). If we loose this role cause it appears TA hate it etc then we loose another couple of thousand TA soldiers (couple of thousand on paper anyway)
The theory is, in the event of an incident where the emergency services are unable to cope, they will staff up a request which will be made at ministerial level from the Home Office to MOD for assistance. In the first instance regular troops in UK barracks to assist. Elements of the regional Brigades would be mobilised but the CCRF would only be mobilised as a 'sustainment' force for longer term support to free the regulars to return to barracks and do, er, stuff.

This would mean CCRFs taking 2 weeks to mobilise for an extended period (think Foot and Mouth, Bird Flu?) away from work while the regular army is stood down. But, from the 15 Bde pamphlet:
Most employers would be happy to release their employees at short notice to help out in a large scale emergency, as they would be seen to be assisting the community by doing so.
so that's all right then.

For the latest news on CCRF visit this link and note the 'last updated' date:

http://www.army.mod.uk/49brigade/latest_news/ccrf.htm
 
#18
Thanks for that B_s. Looks like I'll just hang around here until someone calls.

I'll tell my employers I'm at a low state of readiness, i.e. ten minutes from brew ordered to milk stirred in and have to remain at home for about two weeks.

I'm sure they'll be fine with that, also.
 
#19
i have done weekend ccrf exercise and it was a bag of shite, scenario was that we were looking for a weapons cache/caches that terrorists had dumped. Which meant that we walked in extended for miles over the hills in the pissing rain with civpop advising. It was so fooked up that we walked past two out of three of the dumps.

NEVER AGAIN

Flip
 
#20
Hmm, I think there's a a Bde-level CCRF Ex scheduled for my unit... I'm guessing that we're all 'volunteers' for it then.
 

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