Solar Generator Project – Can You help? Business Sponsorship?

Im proposing we build a solar generator for UKSN usage at CAMP 1 and other future main camps. The device will allow all SN1 members to freely charge any USB equipment such as phones, UV-5R radios and more on a fair use policy. It will additionally allow us to power lighting and other required equipment such as cameras.

What is a solar generator?

In short the device is a large battery bank that is charged via solar panels. This particular device will contain multiple USB ports to allow the fast charging of USB devices.

How can i help? 

If you are a UKSN member and want to help fund the project with whatever spare ‘change’ you have – Click the link below. Alternatively if you have any spare equipment to donate please get in touch by emailing

Simply click  >>>>>HERE<<<<<< to donate


I run a business and want to help – What do i get in return?

In return for your £60+ donation you get:

  • Your logo on the main project case
  • Your logo and website on a large banner which will advertise to members how to use the box. This will be displayed at camps and events.
  • A thank you post on our public facing Facebook page, website and main group.

Simply email to learn more or donate by clicking the link below.

Simply click >>>>>HERE<<<<<< to donate


Thank you for reading!




  • Ian M for donating the heavy duty Amazon rack case 8/2/16




EDC: Every Day Carry

I want to take this opportunity to discuss the topic of “Every Day Carry”. For me my EDC is probably the most important thing I have, for the simple reason it’s the one piece of kit I carry everywhere (well almost everywhere) and as such will be the first thing to hand in the event of an emergency however big or small.
My Every Day Carry has taken many sizes and shapes over the years starting as a shoulder bag, then be reduced down to a small pouch before finally upgrading to a small backpack, and i’m sure it will continue to evolve as my life and daily requirements change and therefore like many, I consider it a work in progress that will likely never be finished.

For those of you that carry an EDC already this may not be anything new, however for those you that don’t my hope is that it will give you some food for thought. You may work in an office and keep your GHB in the car and want something smaller to hand throughout the day, you may be a driver and have a GHB in boot and therefore don’t see the need in another pack.

The first point I want to make is that this is NOT a Bug Out Bag or a Get Home Bag, it is simply a bag that is designed to make my life easier on a day to day basis whether that be a run of the mill Monday or an emergency! And in the event of an emergency get me to one of my other bags.

An EDC as the title suggests is simply your Every Day Carry, a selection of items which you have on your person everyday, this could be as simple as a mobile phone, keys and wallet, or it could be a bag of selected gear if you are happy to carry it. The point is it really depends on your individual wants and requirements.

I’m going to break my EDC up into a number areas so you can see exactly what I carry on myself as standard.

KEYS: Assorted keys, mini pry bar with integrated bottle/can opener, seatbelt cutter, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, peanut lighters, Spyderco Grasshopper Knife (UK Legal Folder), Peanut cash stash, LED Lenser K2 mini torch, paracord lanyard, Carabiner.

MOBILE PHONE: Internet, downloaded survival books and documents.

WALLET: Fresnel lense, credit card survival tool, UKSN coin, water purification tablets, storm matches, plasters.

2 x Paracord Bracelets (on my wrist), 1 with an integrated ferro rod, whistle and compass.

BAG (5.11 Rush 12) See below for contents.
CARRY STRAP – Attached paracord bracelet.
5.11 DUMP POUCH – Folded and empty.
MOLLE SIDE POUCH – Basic first aid supplies (plasters, bandages, antiseptic, alcohol wipes etc), paracetamol, Ibuprofen, heartburn tablets, hayfever tablets, dental floss, sewing kit.
LARGE FRONT POCKET – Sawyer Mini, wind up radio, pocket binoculars, Bushnell Backtrack, all weather note pad, sharpie, pen, deck of playing cards, 2x LED torches, snack bars, water purification tablets, storm matches, portable charger for phone and other USB devices.
SMALL FRONT POCKET – Farb criminal identifier spray, charger cable, hygiene wipes, chapstick, vaseline, hot sauce, spare car key, gum.
BACK PANEL POCKET – Beanie hat, shemagh, poncho, gloves
MAIN COMPARTMENT – bottle of water, umbrella, admin pouch with – eating tool, screwdriver pen and multiple attachments inc alan keys, pen torch, multi-tool, CRKT Edgie knife (UK legal folder), duck tape, paracord superglue, small fire kit, tin foil, tactical pen.

With the exception of the admin pouch small bottle of water and small brolly my main compartment is empty, which allows me to store my lunchbox, jacket or even boots if needed, its not heavy and the bag itself is quite small.

Of course you dont have to have all of the above, or you could even add more if you want, your EDC is about making your everyday life easier, most of the above has been added by me following instances where I needed something and didnt have it…. now I do, and my bag now feels like an extension of me No doubt over the coming years I will remove and add bits and pieces but for right now its perfect for my needs. I hope this has given you some ideas to consider and as always, any questions just ask.



UKSN Christmas Raffle (Raffle Draw)

UKSN Christmas Raffle









Well done to all who entered – We hope you have a great Christmas and want to wish you and your family’s all the best.



Treat yourself or a loved one this Christmas to a UKSN raffle ticket. There is multiple chances to win with many prize categories exceeding £179.99 worth of kit.

SN1 members additional get 1 additional FREE ticket per ticket purchased.

The total combined prize fund is well over a staggering:


The provisional draw date is:

18th December 2016

To enter simply follow the instructions below:

  • Step 1: Pay £5 or multiples of via paypal (friends and family) to:

Please include your Name and Address in the additional notes/Comments area. If you are an SN1 member please include your SN1 number to get the free tickets.

  • Step 2: Wait for the draw – Simples!!!!

There is no maximum number of tickets so go wild


First Prize – Shelter- RRP £193.49

 DD XL Multicam Bundle + DD Underblanket  ////UPDATE: Now includes DD Tshirt////



Included in the bundle:

  • DD XL Frontline Hammock MC– A year-round, any-climate hammock with an integrated bug net, spreader bars and strong webbing – allowing you to hang the hammock straight from the bag!
  • DD Tarp XL MC – Excellent shelters for hammock camping, with 19 attachment points and a PU 3,000mm waterproof coating.
  • DD Hammock Sleeve – MC – This waterproof sleeve extends over your hammock and allows you to set or pack it up in almost no time at all – ideal when you don’t want to hang about in the wind and rain…
  • DD Paracord (20m) – Enough cord to rig your tarp and still have plenty left over for other uses!
  • DD Underblanket – the DD Underblanket works to prevent heat loss from beneath you. Hang it under your hammock, and feel the warmth generated in minutes for a cosy night’s sleep!

Second Prize – Water Purification – RRP: £179.99

Lifesaver Bottle 4000, Sawyer Mini Black Edition, Millbank Bag & Water Purification Tablets secondprize

Included in the bundle:

  • Lifesaver Bottle 4000 – The LIFESAVER 4000UF bottle is a microbiological water filter that uses ultra filtration technology to filter out viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from contaminated water sources.
  • Sawyer Mini Black Edition – The Sawyer MINI Water Filter is rated to 0.1 micron (100Nm), weighs only 2 ounces, and filters up to 100,000 gallons (454,609 Litres)!  An award winning system that is reliable and easy to use.
  • Millbank Bag – The “Millbank bag” is hand made from untreated 12oz canvas which has been double stitched and based on the original British forces bag. It has been tried and tested over many a year and is an essential piece of kit for bushcraft, hiking, survival or preppers. 
  • Oasis Water Purification Tablets (10 tablets) – Water purification tablets are by far the cheapest and most effective short term solution against bacteria, spores, viruses and water borne diseases.

Third Prize – EDC and First Aid – Sponsored/Donated by Polymath Products – RRP: £108.13

LifeSystems Pocket First Aid Kit, Ledlenser T7M Tactical LED Torch,  Polymath UCSK – Ultra Compact Survival Kit,  Polymath MEDC First Aid Keyring, Polymath MEDC First Aid Keyring Refill Pack, Polymath EDC Fire Kit & Refill Bundle, Polymath TAC TAG – Kit Marker, Survival Signalling and Blood Type Tag 



Included in the bundle:

  •  Lifesystems Pocket First Aid kit is a small first aid dressing kit that is ideal for basic trekking, weekend rambling and family walks. It is well equipped for most minor injuries, and has a loop on the back of the pack that allows you to carry it either on a belt or on the outside of a rucksack.
  • Ledlenser’s T7M tactical torch is a must-have robust lighting tool for those who go in harm’s way. It’s been specially designed for police, emergency service units as well as search and rescue teams so that it can be used for self-defence, for breaking through panes of glass or for signalling to rescue services by means of the SOS function. Powerful, compact and robust it features a protective anodised coating for better grip and easy handling in the most testing of conditions.
  • Polymath Ultra Compact Survival Kit (UCSK): An ‘every day carry’ survival kit containing essentials for survival in an outdoors emergency. The contents of the UCSK have been carefully chosen to be effective and versatile, helping the user of the kit to quickly and efficiently address the crucial survival priorities: Fire Lighting, Water Purification, Shelter Building, Navigation and Signalling, Emergency First Aid and Food Capture.
  • Polymath The MEDC First Aid Keyring is the most compact first aid kit on the market. While there are many good larger first aid kits available, when you are out and about and end up with a nasty little cut, the first aid kit left at home or in your car is of no help. The MEDC First Aid Keyring is small and light enough to never be left behind, and is a perfect functional addition to a set of keys, or kept in even the smallest handbag or sports pouch.
  • Polymath MEDC First Aid Keyring Refill Pack: The tough plastic storage case contains two complete refill rolls, which allow you to quickly and easily refill your MEDC First Aid Keyring once the contents have been used. Each refill roll contains full instructions for use and is externally printed with earliest expiry date of contents, allowing for quick checking of expiry dates.
  • Polymath EDC Fire Kit & Refill Bundle: The EDC Fire Kit is a compact, lightweight and highly effective fire lighting kit, designed to allow its user to quickly and reliably get a fire started regardless of weather conditions. 
  • Polymath TAC TAG – Kit Marker, Survival Signalling and Blood Type Tag:The TAC TAG is a multi-function survival tag, providing kit marking, map illumination, search and rescue (SAR) signalling, and acting as an ABO blood group display tag for emergency situations.

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Forth Prize – Merchandise and Comms – RRP: £85

UKSN Official Tshirt (Large), UKSN Alpha Baofeng UV5R Radio (Programmed), Official UKSN Rubber Patch + A secret item.


Included in the bundle:

  • UKSN Official Tshirt (Large)– The UKSN Official Tshirt is awesome in every way. Wearing this sweet Tshirt will possibly guarantee you feel instantly more Ray Mears with a sprinkle of Bear Grylls and a dash of Ian Nairn. Your skills will easily improve 3 – maybe 400%…
  • UKSN Alpha Baofeng UV-5R Radio – Programmed – Is UKSN’s original radio of choice and is now in its second iteration. Its feature rich and easy to use. Perfect for member use at events and for emergency’s.
  • Official UKSN Rubber Patch – Now you can show you are a proud member of the UKSN and put all other patches to shame. This ULTRA PREMIUM patch is for the patch connoisseur.
  • Secret Item – The Secret item will be something new – Something we have been working on……….


Fifth Prize – Cooking / Food – RRP £63.24 (Latest Prize)

BCB Bushcraft The Crusader Cooking System MKII, KombatUK Long Handled Ration Pack Spoon, Trekmates Adventure Food – Mince beef Hotpot, Trekmates Adventure Foods Desserts – Chocolate and Trekmates Adventure Foods – Expedition Breakfast.



Included in the bundle:

  • BCB Bushcraft: The Crusader Cooking System MKII – The original cherished Crusader system just got a whole lot better. Made from high grade aluminium and hard anodised it is; Lighter – Larger – With a Quicker cooking time Boil time is reduced for 500ml of water with an MRE retort ration to approximately 5.5mins using the fantastic Fire Dragon fuel. Only available hard anodised as it gives an easy to clean finished. Packed inside Multicam Pouch.

  • KombatUK Long Handled Ration Pack Spoon – The perfect long handled spoon for use with ration packs.

  • 3 Packs of TrekMates Adventure Foods – Trekmates food is nutritionally balanced and offer a good level of energy. Included are: Trekmates Adventure Food – Mince beef Hotpot, Trekmates Adventure Foods Desserts and Chocolate and Trekmates Adventure Foods – Expedition Breakfast.


SN1 ONLY BONUS PRIZE – Donated by Stitch Me Up ( Latest Prize)

UKSN Tshirt ( X Large), Large UKSN Sticker and UKSN Armband.


Included in the bundle:

  • UKSN Tshirt ( X Large) – The Tshirt is one of a kind and is the first t-shirt to feature the design.
  • UKSN Sticker – Another one of a kind item produced for us by Stitch Me Up.
  • UKSN Armband – Featuring the latest UKSN design and website, Great for showing your elegance during paintball or airsoft games. Can be used to store small items inside.

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Please Note:

The Raffle is for mainland residents of the UK only. If you live off the beaten track you will need to cover any additional costs. UK only – We will not ship outside of the country.



Treating hypothermia

Hypothermia is treated by preventing further heat being lost and by gently warming the patient.

You should seek immediate medical attention if you suspect someone has hypothermia as it can be life threatening.

Treating mild or moderate hypothermia

If you’re waiting for medical treatment to arrive, the advice below will help prevent further heat loss.

  • Move the person indoors or somewhere warm as soon as possible.
  • Once the person is in a warm environment, carefully remove any wet clothing and dry them.
  • Wrap them in warm blankets, towels, or coats (whatever you have available), protecting their head and torso first.
  • Encourage the person to shiver if they’re capable of doing so.
  • If possible, give the person warm drinks (not alcohol) or high-energy foods, such as chocolate, to help warm them up. But only do this if they can swallow normally –ask them to cough to see if they can swallow.
  • Once the person’s body temperature has increased, keep them warm and dry.

It’s important to handle a person with hypothermia gently and carefully.

Things to avoid

There are certain things you shouldn’t do when helping someone with hypothermia because it may make the condition worse:

  • don’t put the cold person into a hot bath
  • don’t massage their limbs
  • don’t use heating lamps
  • don’t give them alcohol to drink

Trying to warm someone up yourself with hot water, massages, heat pads and heat lamps can cause the blood vessels in the arms and legs to open up too quickly.

If this happens, it can lead to a dramatic fall in blood pressure to the vital organs such as the brain, heart, lungs and kidneys, potentially resulting in cardiac arrest and death.

Severe hypothermia

If someone you know has been exposed to the cold and they’re distressed or confused, they have slow, shallow breathing or they’re unconscious, they may have severe hypothermia. Their skin may look healthy but feel cold. Babies may also be limp, unusually quiet and refuse to feed.

Cases of severe hypothermia require urgent medical treatment in hospital. You should call 999 to request an ambulance if you suspect someone has severe hypothermia.

As the body temperature drops, shivering will stop completely. The heart rate will slow and a person will gradually lose consciousness. They won’t appear to have a pulse or be breathing. If you know how to do it, CPR should be given while you wait for help to arrive.


Choking in adults and older children.

We’ve all been there, casually sucking on a sweet minding our own business when suddenly you start to choke!

Choking happens when someone’s airway suddenly gets blocked, either fully or partly, so they can’t breathe.

Mild choking:

Encourage them to cough

If the airway is only partly blocked, the person will usually be able to speak, cry, cough or breathe. They will usually be able to clear the blockage themselves.

To help with mild choking in an adult or child over one year old:

Encourage the person to keep coughing to try and clear the blockage. Ask the person to try to spit out the object if it’s in their mouth. Don’t put your fingers in their mouth to help them as they may bite you accidentally.

If coughing doesn’t work, start back blows!

Severe choking:

 back blows and abdominal thrusts

Where choking is severe, the person will not be able to speak, cry, cough or breathe. Without help, they will eventually become unconscious.

To help an adult or child over one year old:

Stand behind the person and slightly to one side. Support their chest with one hand. Lean the person forward so that the object blocking their airway will come out of their mouth, rather than moving further down. Give up to five sharp blows between the person’s shoulder blades with the heel of your hand. (The heel is between the palm of your hand and your wrist). Check if the blockage has cleared. If not, give up to five abdominal thrusts!

Important: Don’t give abdominal thrusts to babies under one year old or to pregnant women!

Stand behind the person who is choking. Place your arms around their waist and bend them forward. Clench one fist and place it right above their belly button. Put the other hand on top of your fist and pull sharply inwards and upwards. Repeat this movement up to five times.

If the person’s airway is still blocked after trying back blows and abdominal thrusts, get help immediately:

Call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Tell the 999 operator that the person is choking. Continue with the cycles of five back blows and five abdominal thrusts until help arrives.

If the person loses consciousness and they’re not breathing, you should begin cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with chest compressions.


Abdominal thrusts can cause serious injuries. Where this potentially life-saving treatment has been necessary, a health professional such as your GP or a doctor in A&E should always examine the person afterwards.


Triage, mass casualty management

Triage is an intial assessment and sorting of casualties based on medical need and likely response to treatment.

In a multiple-casualty situation, triage is essential to effectively sort casualties and prioritise their order of treatment to ensure that the greatest good can be done for as many casualties as possible. Its not fun and can be traumatic but is needed to save as mant people as possible.

mass-casualty-mockupsThe principles of assessment can be used to determine the degree of urgency in the management of most casualties. Triage should be prioritised over treatment and only the following procedures should be carried out while assessing casualties:

  • ensure that the airway is open
  • control major bleeding

Triage is essential for managing multiple casualty events as it:

  • prioritises treatment to use available resources as efficiently as possible
  • ensures that care is focused on those casualties most likely to benefit from the limited resources available
  • provides a framework for difficult and stressful life-and-death decisions creates order in a chaotic environment

Triage is initially performed to assess and apply priority in 30 to 60 seconds per casualty.

Triage must be:

  1. dynamic – effective, changing based on initial and following assessments and response to treatment
  2. safe – and evidence based
  3. fast

Triage methods

There are a variety of triage systems in operation across the world, we will use a simple method.

  1. Is the casualty breathing? (clear airway whilst checking)
  2. Is there major bleeding?
  3. Are they responsive? (answer commands, blink, etc)

Casualties are then attributed to one of the following four categories:

Immediate (red tag): casualties with life threatening but treatable injuries requiring immediate medical attention are assigned a red tag. These casualties are the first to be transported to hospital when medical help arrives, apply first aid once all casualties have been triaged.

Urgent (orange or yellow tag): casualties with serious injuries, but able to wait a short time for treatment are assigned an orange tag. Encouage the casualty to apply personal first aid if possible until help can be given.

Delayed (green tag): casualties who can wait hours to days for treatment are assigned a green tag. These casualties can be separated from the more seriously injured by asking for casualties able to walk (i.e. ‘minor’ casualties) to congregate in a specified area. Encourage them to help each other or help the more injured if possible.

Dead (white or black tag): casualties who are dead or not expected to live because of the severity of their injuries and the limited resources available. These casualties are assigned either a white or black tag. If alive ask a green tag casualty to provide comfort/support to the casualty.


Steps to take if involved in a road accident.

Steps to take if involved in a road accident.


It’s not a nice thought but car accidents happen and it’s important to know what to do if  you’re caught up in one. If you take the right steps  immediately after a car crash you can stop a bad situation from getting worse and help to make sure your car insurance claim is paid out without a hitch.


Immediately after a car accident…



However minor you think a car accident is, you must stop. In fact, failing to do so is an offence under the Road Traffic Act. You should make sure your car’s engine is switched off and then turn your hazard lights on to alert other road users to your presence.


Call 999 or 101

Take a look around. If anyone has been injured in the car accident you should call the police (and an ambulance if necessary) as soon as possible. The police should also be called if the car accident is blocking the road or if you feel there was foul play involved –  if you suspect you’re a victim of a ‘crash for cash’ scam, for example, where a driver deliberately causes an accident to make a fraudulent insurance claim.


Giving details after a car accident

When you’re involved in a car accident you’re obliged to give your name and address to anyone else involved. You should stop and give your details if you crash into something on or near the road even if there aren’t any other people involved. If you hit a parked car, for example, you should leave your details on the windscreen. Avoid saying sorry or accepting blame for the accident until you know precisely what happened as it could count against you later on. Car accidents should also be reported to the police within 24 hours. Failure to do so could result in a fine, penalty points or even disqualification.


Collecting details after a car accident

If possible, you should collect names, addresses and contact details from any drivers, passengers and witnesses. Ask the other drivers involved for their car insurance details and try to establish whether they are the registered keeper of their vehicle. If they aren’t, find out who is and make a note of their name and address. Call 999 straightaway if someone leaves the scene of the car accident without giving their details.


Other information to collect from the accident

Here are some other important details you should try to collect at the scene of the car accident: The registration numbers of all vehicles involved, plus a note of each vehicle’s colour, make and model. The time and date of the crash. A sketch showing the positions of the vehicles involved. A description of the weather conditions, plus anything unusual you notice about the road quality or lighting. A list of damage to vehicles and a description of any injuries sustained by pedestrians, drivers and passengers. You may find it useful to take photos of the car accident for use as evidence. Some drivers carry disposable cameras for this purpose, but most modern mobile phones will take good enough shots to help you remember important details.


Car accident insurance claims

Once the dust has settled, you will need to inform your insurer of the accident and, if your car is sufficiently damaged, being the process of making a claim. Contact your insurer Make sure you tell your insurer about the car accident as soon as you can. Failure to do so within the time period set out in your policy may invalidate your cover, leaving you with a big bill to pay. Make sure you check the wording of your car insurance policy carefully as these time periods can be anything from two days to two weeks after the accident. You should always inform your car insurance company about an accident, even if you don’t want to make a claim. Information on other drivers If the car accident involved another vehicle you will need to provide your insurance company with details of the other driver. Try to provide: their name their address and contact details their vehicle registration number their car insurance company details. Details of the accident You will also need to give your insurance company as much information about the accident as possible. Use sketches to help explain what happened and include any pictures you took at the scene of the accident. Also provide the contact details of any witnesses.


What happens next?

If you want to continue with your claim, your insurance company will let you know what you need to do. If other people were involved in the accident, your insurance company will contact their insurance companies and resolve the claims


Suspicious package/possible IED guidelines

Suspicious package/possible IED guidelines


Dial 999

Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321

We want you to look out for the unusual – some activity or behaviour which strikes you as not quite right and out of place in your normal day to day lives. You may feel it’s probably nothing, but unless you trust your instincts and tell us we won’t be able to judge whether the information you have is important or not. Remember, no piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.


If you come across a package, bag or item that you feel could be dangerous follow these steps.


Step 1.  

DO NOT touch the item or disturb it in anyway.


Step 2.

Contact the police via 999 or the hotline above.


Step 3.

Move yourself and others away from the item in a calm and safe manner.


Step 4.

Once clear of the immediate area await the police response and be observant to suspicious people or activity.


Step 5.

Be prepared to provide any information to officers as even insignificant details may prove useful.


Terrorist firearm/knife attack UK

Terrorist Firearms and Weapons Attacks-UK

Firearms and Weapons attacks are rare in the UK, however it pays to be prepared! Remember these steps and be sure to tell your family and friends about them also.



Escape if you can
Consider the safest options
Is there a safe route? RUN if not HIDE
Can you get there without exposing yourself to greater danger?
Insist others leave with you
Leave belongings behind

If you can’t RUN, HIDE
Find cover from gunfire
If you can see the attacker, they may be able to see you
Cover from view does not mean you are safe, bullets go through glass, brick, wood and metal
Find cover from gunfire e.g. substantial brickwork / heavy reinforced walls
Be aware of your exits
Try not to get trapped
Be quiet, silence your phone
Lock / barricade yourself in
Move away from the door


Call 999
Location – Where are the suspects?
Direction – Where did you last see the suspects?
Descriptions – Describe the attacker, numbers, features, clothing, weapons etc.
Further information – Casualties, type of injury, building information, entrances, exits, hostages etc.
Stop other people entering the building if it is safe to do so

Follow officers instructions!
Remain calm
Can you move to a safer area?
Avoid sudden movements that may be considered a threat
Keep your hands in view

Point guns at you
Treat you firmly
Question you
Be unable to distinguish you from the attacker
Officers will evacuate you when it is safe to do so

Remember these steps and stay safe.