Assistance to the ambulance service in wintry weather

Throughout this previous week, NWAS (Greater Manchester) control has been in constant liaison directly with our Team Leader and the Team Leaders of our colleagues at Odlham MRT and Rossendale & Pendle MRT with reference to constant updates over the wintry weather and contingency planning involving the use of Mountain Rescue Teams should the weather conditions require it.

This morning, given the overnight snow overlying icy road conditions, our Team Leader was contacted at 08:00 to discuss the team’s availability throughout the day. With constant morning snow showers and no thaw, it was decided to place the team on full standby at our Ladybridge Hall base.

In total (as at 12:45) 17 team members responded to this standby request.

NWAS (Manchester) ambulance control stood the team down at 21:30, although in view of the weather we remained on home standby. In total 20 members ultimately supported today’s assistance calls to the ambulance service. Our colleagues in Rossendale & Pendle MRT and Oldham MRT were similarly involved in assisting the ambulance service today (with RPMRT also involved in Lancashire as well).