Bolton MRT awareness training opportunity with Greater Manchester Police

Further to a recent telephone conversation and email correspondence between our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE and GMP Acting Sgt Jane Wilcock, this evening Jane visited our Ladybridge Hall Base / HQ to discuss the possibility of the team providing some MRT awareness training to a number of locally based Police Officers.

Sgt Jane Wilcock arrived at 20.00hrs and was initially shown around our two Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulance vehicles based at our Base / HQ, by team call out list member John Fletcher.

Jane then met with our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE, Deputy Team Leader Geoff Seddon (A former Team Leader) and Team President (Also a former Team Leader) Bob Hutchinson.

The meeting was about the possibility of a number of GMP Officers based out of Crompton Way Police Station and Bolton Central Police Station, (About twenty Officers) spending a day with the Bolton MRT to gain an insight in to the work of the team, as part of their training programme as Police Officers.

Jane was initially interested in how the team conducts and plays a role in missing person search enquiries, when helping GMP, and how this could be put across during a training day to her colleague Police Officers, but soon with the realisation of our wider role and operational undertakings, we discussed how a training awareness day could be structured to encompass all aspects of the teams work within the local community.

The very successful meeting concluded at 21.15hrs with the commitment to arrange such a training day as soon as possible subject to each services immediate commitments.

We would like to thank Acting Sgt Jane Wilcock for her obvious interest in the team and her enthusiasm for arranging such a training awareness day with us.