Training is one of the most challenging topics to keep current, varied and relevant within a voluntary organisation. The core skills of a Mountain Rescue team as would be expected, tend to require practical group participation rather than individual. These are varied and numerous specialist skills ranging from Casualty Care, Ropework, Water Rescue, Search Management, Driver, Helicopter and Drone training to mention a few.
It is even more difficult during this COVID-19 crisis to be able to offer a team training package that members can participate in during their isolation while still offering and maintaining an effective operational capability.
At the moment, we are not just looking at this from a team or regional (Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation) but also as a national organisation in Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MRE&W).
Webinar and other on-line training solutions are being devised to allow members to maintain their skills and to keep the interoperability of all rescue teams functioning in this ever evolving crisis.