Training sessions

November Training – Exercise Callout

November Training – Exercise Callout

The team started the morning at base doing a round robin training session, this was interrupted by an Exercise call out to Ashstead Fell after a fell runner called to say his running partner had taken a fall over very steep ground and sustained a suspected fractured femur and spinal injuries. Using phone finder technology we pinpointed the casualties location, we also deployed our 3 search dogs to help find the casualty. Searchdog Fern made a succesful find. This was also an opportunity for our newer team cas carers to practise their skills in treating multiple injuries and take into account the levels of hypothermia that can be experienced. An evacuation of the casualty down very steep terrain ensured every team member was involved. We were also able to put our capabilities with Eric, the new control vehicle, to the test. Many thanks to our volunteer casualty Josh for giving up his day to help us out.

June’s Wednesday Training – Round Robin

June’s Wednesday Training – Round Robin

Wed team training was split into three groups rotating around 3 scenarios, these included refresher training on preparing a landrover to allow for a stretcher load and unload. First at base training, to show team members how to succesfully operate the Sarcall log, MR map and use either the Sarloc or phone.find systems. Final Scenario… Continue Reading

May Training – Steep Ground

May Training – Steep Ground

This month we headed off towards Borrow Beck near Hucks bridge to practise working with casualties on steep ground. We discussed and practised leading people down one to one using different techniques. Then after a quick lunch break we set about rigging a backrope system using our talons so that we can lower a stretcher… Continue Reading

April Training – Scenarios

April Training – Scenarios

For this Sunday’s team training the team reacted to an excerise call out on Scout Scar in real time. They were given a multi casualty scenario which meant plenty for the cas carers to do. All casualties were very realistic with some great make up and convincing role play. Team members had to assess then… Continue Reading

March Training – Joint Session with KSMRT

March Training – Joint Session with KSMRT

Today we joined up with Kirkby Stephen MRT in a full day’s training which included some off road driving skills and familiarisation of each others’ team kit (most of which was identical). Then, using the steep ground around Cautley Spout, both teams put some rope rescue drills into practise. A very good day’s joint team… Continue Reading

February Training – Round Robin and Helicopters

February Training – Round Robin and Helicopters

A full day of team training this month started off with a round robin at base consisting of medical, comms (intro of new digital radios), fitting of snow chains and an intro to swift water gear. We then moved down to Killington Bridge for an afternoon of Heli drills with HM coastguard Rescue 936. For… Continue Reading

SARDA Winter Training

SARDA Winter Training

After our team training finished, dog handlers Dave,John D and John L stayed in Scotland with team search dogs Fern, Cullin & Skye plus other search dogs from neighbouring lakes teams. It was a full on week with handlers and dogs being put to the test. But still time for some snow fights and of… Continue Reading

Scotland Winter Training

Scotland Winter Training

Team training in Scotland took place last weekend, training included working as a team to clear snow away from a casualty caught in an avalanche, as well asĀ use of transceivers, probes & shovels. A day was also spent honing navigation skills with some stunning views, alongside some winter equipment and rescue technique practice. Continue Reading

Search and Evacuation in the Howgills

Search and Evacuation in the Howgills

Today we headed to the Howgills for some search and casualty evacuation practise. It was also a good time to refresh ourselves with the Sat system. Team Search dog Fern was on hand to give advice to the human searchers and also show her younger sister, trainee search dog Ivy (red jacket), how to chill. Continue Reading

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