Team members as expected to attend weekly Wednesday evening training, alongside occasional Saturday & Sunday training sessions. The membership includes all professions and occupations, from an Outdoor Pursuits instructor to an I.T. engineer. We also benefit from the expertise brought to the team by members including an ex-police officer, an ex-member of the Mines Rescue Service, A&E and specialist care nurses, a medical doctor, and a firefighter. The age range of the membership currently spans from the early 20’s through to mid 60’s – all are active outdoor pursuits enthusiasts, including hill walkers, climbers, mountaineers, mountain bikers, white water kayakers and skiers.
Indoor sessions take place at our Base/Headquarters, outdoor sessions are organized in a variety of different environments and situations, taking place regardless of the weather conditions prevalent on the evening. Regular full day training exercises on weekends consolidate evening training sessions.
All team members are trained in a planned syllabus that covers the following subjects and skills:
- First Aid and Casualty Care
- Radio communications
- Rope rescue techniques
- Mountain rescue stretcher types and handling
- Search methods and search management
- Incident control
- Major incident procedures
- Helicopter procedures
- Personal hill craft and mountain craft skills
- Team operational area familiarization
- Team search and rescue equipment familiarization and use
- Leadership skills
- Liaison and appreciation of other emergency services
- Team vehicle driving skills
- Aircraft crash recovery procedures
All team members, in their first year, attend a weekend residential Foundation Course in Mountain Rescue held in October.
After two years’ team membership, all team members have the opportunity to attend a residential course in Party Leadership Skills, organised by Mountain Rescue England & Wales.
Opportunities exist for all members to attend specialist regional and national training courses in specific aspects of mountain search and rescue, as well as training opportunities offered to the members by our colleagues in the Fire, Police and Ambulance, Air Ambulance and Military search & rescue services.
The Team wishes to acknowledge the support of all the landowners and tenant farmers who readily allow us to exercise on their land, with particular thanks to United Utilities and their staff, and Bolton, Salford, and Bury Countryside Ranger Services.
We would also like to acknowledge the support of our many friends and colleagues in the Fire, Police, Ambulance, RAF SAR and hospitals who contribute to provide us with professional training.
We must not forget the many people, young and old, who so willingly volunteer (often in extremes of weather) to act out the role of casualties on our Wednesday night exercises, which adds greatly to the realism of the scenarios.