Team Life Vice President Alan James commences Lancashire Constabulary Initial Missing From Home Managers Course today

Every year Lancashire Constabulary kindly offer to the Mountain Rescue Teams operating in Lancashire, places on their week long Police Initial Missing From Home Managers Course. (Missing Persons)

This morning very experienced and long serving (Since 1967 ! ) Bolton MRT Team Call Out list member, who is also one of our Life Vice Presidents, Alan James, commenced his attendance on this Police nationally recognised course.

Held at the Lancashire Constabulary Training centre at Hutton, within the HQ and Training complex of Lancashire Constabulary, this course attracted students from serving Lancashire Constabulary Officers, mostly of Sergeant and Inspector rank, with everybody present having a large amount of practical experience of ’Missing from Home’ search enquiries and operations.

Today started at 09.00hrs at Hutton with a pleasant mixture of presentations, table top exercises and practical exercises, alongside resource demonstrations.

The whole course is excellently organised and facilitated by very experienced Officers from Lancashire Constabulary, including Officers from the Civil Contingencies Unit.

The Bolton MRT is very grateful to Lancashire Constabulary for their fantastic support in allowing us to send a team member to fully participate on this very valuable, practical experience based training course.

Rossendale and Pendle MRT are also in attendance, with Peter Goble their Team Leader (also an NWAS HART member) attending alongside Bowland Pennine MRT.

This year the course will culminate in a practical search exercise on Saturday 5th July 2014, being held at Brockholes Nature Reserve, Preston, involving Lancashire Constabulary Officers, and with invitations to Bolton MRT, Bowland Pennine MRT, Rossendale and Pendle MRT and LFRS USAR to attend, with the students present on the course being presented with various exercise search scenarios to complete.

In July 2010 our Team Leader Garry Rhodes MBE and Training Officer at the time (Known to our regular readers nowadays as a Mountain Rescue Trailing Search Dog Navigator) Elaine Gilliland attended this valued course, followed by our Team ‘IT’ guru and webmaster Paul Brain who attended this course in November 2011.

In January 2013, our now Deputy Team Leader Chris Greenhalgh and current Equipment Officer – IT and Communications, Steve Fletcher, attended this course.

Their respective detailed reports on this course can be found within the ‘news’ section of our website for the relevant dates.