Sunday steep ground stretcher training

Today a number of team members took part in a training session, specifically to familarise our newer members with steep-ground stetcher handling prior to their attendance on the Foundation Course, being held in October.

Assembling at the Noon Hill Gulley area, below Noon Hill near Rivington, a carry up to the bottom of the main gulley began, and thereafter practice of various techniques used to lower and raise stretchers from steep-sided ravines, followed by a demonstration and practice of “sledging” the stretcher down less-steep grass slopes.

After a few hours of practice, with everyone now fully familarised with the techniques used, we called it a day and returned back to the vehicles to practice or rope skills further by instructing some of the newer members in the various knots used within the team whilst on rescue or training involving rope work.

The training proved very useful – since no less than two days later we were putting the training into practice on #article#2566#incident 63/2009#!)