With COVID19 safety procedures still in force, Sunday 18 April was an opportunity for the majority of the team to participate in two separate ‘core skill’ training sessions:
The ‘water’ team (consisting of Swiftwater & Flood Rescue Technicians and Water 1st Responders) deployed to a remote rendezvous location on the River Goyt to practice working safely in and around water. This also allowed the recently fitted-out water trailer to be tested in a deployment scenario.
The training included wading, throw line practice and a number of techniques for using hi-line and the sled rescue raft. The temperature was a bit warmer than the previous occasion the team were in the water.
The other group of ‘Hill’ team members also attended a remote rendezvous to a different location and carried out a typical mountain rescue scenario to locate, treat and evacuate a casualty suffering a number of trauma injuries. The exercise ended in a stretcher carry back to the road head and waiting Land Rovers.