Incident 74/2011

With wintry conditions still existing in the teams moorland (and most lowland) parts, we were not surprised to receive another winter related call out from NWAS.

Yet again, as with yesterday morning, it was NWAS (Lancashire) Emergency Control Centre, who contacted us by pager at 08.40hrs for assistance gaining access to a moorland residence / farm, where a male was suffering from breathing difficulties.

An NWAS (Lancashire) RRV with a solo crew member had responded but very icy road conditions precluded the vehicle gaining access to the property via the access track.

Three team Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances responded to Uglow Farm / The Stables off Broadhead Road, Edgworth, Turton, but it was team member Steve Nelson’s arrival as the first responding MRT team member at 09.10hrs that quickly resolved the situation.

Arriving in his personal Range Rover, he was able to transport the NWAS emergency ambulance staff direct to the property, collect the casualty and transport all back to the NWAS (Lancashire) Emergency Ambulance waiting at Broadhead Road, just as our Land Rovers and other members started arriving.

The Emergency vehicles RVP on Broadhead Road
By 09.30hrs the casualty was en-route to Royal Manchester Hospital, and the team was stood down.

The following resources were deployed to this Incident;

  • NWAS (Lancashire);
    • Emergency Control Centre,
    • one Rapid Response Vehicle / solo crew,
    • one Emergency Ambulance from Blackburn Ambulance Station.
  • Lancashire Constabulary local Police Officer PC Alan Hurst.
  • Bolton Mountain Rescue Team;
    • three Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances,
    • 15x team members on scene and two further members stood down responding.