Expenditure incurred by the UK Fire and Rescue Service in undertaking overseas search and rescue operations cannot be predicted in advance but will depend on the requirements in each response.
The Department for International Development (DFID) has agreed a budget for the UK Fire and Rescue Service to train, equip and maintain its readiness to provide search and rescue response of £241,230 over the three years 2009-10 to 2011-12.
The UK Fire and Rescue Service so far plans to take part in the following events in the next year:
October, 2009 - International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Africa, Europe and Middle-East Regional Meeting in Hungary.
2010 - Regional Team Leaders Meeting in Abu Dhabi; and
possibly a multi-regional INSARAG Team Leaders Meeting, location to be determined.