Joint Mountain Rescue Team Exercise

This evening, our routine Wednesday exercise was held at the invitation of Bowland Pennine MRT, as a joint exercise in the White Coppice area of the West Pennine Moors. Both teams descended upon this quiet Lancashire village, to take part in a number of scenarios played out on the rocky moorland slopes of Black Coppice edge, overlooking the village. The joint exercise organised by BPMRT., was a great success, with many old acquaintances renewed, and new ones made.

The assembled masses of BMRT & BPMRT at White Coppice.

Later in the month it is our turn to host a ” return ” joint exercise with our colleagues in BPMRT., which is scheduled for the evening of 21st July, on the lower slopes of Winter Hill and the waterfall area of Great Gutter, Wards Reservoir, Belmont. (Hopefully the Belmont Bull pub will accommodate all the thirsty rescuers for a post exercise drink as did the Top Lock Pub, Wheelton after our BPMRT joint exercise.) All our members who took part offer thanks to Alan Woodhead, BPMRT’s Training Officer, for organising the exercise, and to the many members of BPMRT’s Support Group, who acted out the role as ” exercise casualties “.(and the rumour is true, both our Deputy Leader, Geoff Seddon, and Team Leader, Garry Rhodes, along with BPMRT’s Deputy Leader Phil O’Brien, were all observed carrying mountain rescue stretchers with not a Television camera or newspaper photographer in sight).