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Casualty Care Exams

Busy morning at base today, 10 Kendal team members and 2 team members from Wasdale MRT were doing the final practical exam to become qualified or re-qualify as Cas Carers (casualty care).

As any mountain rescue team member will tell you, arriving safely at the scene of an incident and the safety of the team is our first priority. Next is treating the casualty, who may be suffering a variety of injuries. These can range from broken bones, open wounds, internal injuries, heart attacks through to twisted ankles, hypothermia, heat exhaustion, asthma attack to name a few.

To ensure team members are able to treat these injuries they have to pass both the theory exam and the practical exam which consists of a trauma scenario and a medical scenario. The cas carer has to demonstrate to mountain rescue doctors that they are competent to treat casualties using the equipment that we carry up the hill.

Long hours go into both studying and practising for this exam, but the real hard work comes from the Lakes team doctors in preparing their members for this exam. A special mention goes to Kendal team doctor Tom C who has now organised our training and exams for the last 2 years. The proof of Tom’s hard work is demonstrated by the fact that all 10 Kendal team members passed, as did the 2 from Wasdale MRT.

On a final note, the qualification only lasts 3 years so that is why cas care is a vital part of our monthly training.

Queen’s Award for LDSAMRA

As part of Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association, Kendal MRT are very proud to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Each team within LDSAMRA has its own unique history and as individual teams achieved some outstanding rescues, but if and when a large scale incident occurs we all work as… Continue Reading

BAE Systems Present Cheque

BAE Systems Present Cheque

This evening we welcomed Cdr Iain Tough and Lt Adam Marfleet from BAE Systems Barrow, who along with fellow colleague and team member Scott, have been fund raising for the team. They presented a cheque for £1,010.00, which they raised as part of the K2B challenge, to team fundraising officer Neil. Iain and Adam were… Continue Reading

Remembering Harry

Remembering Harry

November 24th was a team training day in Kentmere. But more importantly for the team it was also our time to remember our friend and team member Harry who passed away earlier in the year. After a minutes silence some team members reflected on how Harry mentored them on the art of search management and… Continue Reading

Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Once again the team were only too pleased to lead out the competitors for the10k challenge run at this years Kendal Mountain Festival. It also gave us a chance to show off our new waterproof jackets which will be part of our new team kit supplied by Salewa. It is only through the generous donations… Continue Reading

Team AGM

Team AGM

On Wednesday 6th Nov the team held its AGM. Team Leader Dave (we reckon his searchdog Fern is better looking, hence the photo) was elected to serve a further term. Shane O was elected as Training Officer and onto the board of directors. Neil D was elected as Fundraising Officer. We thanked all three for… Continue Reading

Emergency Services Day

The team were proud to open up our base to the public today for emergency services day, along with the other blue light services in Busher Walk. It was a great opportunity to show members of the public around our base and talk about the work we do alongside the other services. Continue Reading

Sad Passing of Team Member

It is with deep sadness that Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team received the news of the passing of team stalwart Harry Ashcroft. Harry’s involvement in mountain rescue stretches back over 40 years. He was part of RAF Valley MRT and then Furness MRT, he remained when they formed as Duddon and Furness MRT. Harry… Continue Reading

Visit to Kendal Care Home

Visit to Kendal Care Home

Prior to the teams callout we visited Kendal Care Home for a chat about the work we do and allow the residents to look around our new vehicle. Needless to say Searchdog Skye proved to be very popular. But even she had to take 2nd billing as potential new recruit Jura stole the residents hearts. Continue Reading

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