2009 Some members attended a 2-day MRCof S Avalanche Awareness Course,
Level 1, based at Glenmore Lodge. This course covered interpreting avalanche
reports, determining potential terrain and snowpack hazards, using avalanche
transceivers and equipment, and searching within small teams.
in full winter conditions, Cairngorms.
January 2009 This years joint exercise with Torridon MRT was
held around Kinlochewe. This involved two scenarios, one high level
and one low level. The weather added to the training value with high
gusting winds and torrential rain. The low level search along a loch
failed to find the dummy casualty until a pair of wellies were seen
poking out of the water. The dummy had been placed on dry land that
was now flooded.
During the high level search the casualty was found and required stretcher
evacuation. This was challenging due to the boggy ground. The post exercise
drinks and good craic with the Torridon Team made up for the soaking.
It's all about teamwork.
2009 Some members attended a 3-day MRCof S Avalanche Awareness Course,
Level 3 held at Braemar. This dealt with search management both as a
table top and practicle exercise. Search techniques as well as medical
scenarios were undertaken both at night and through the day. The set
MRCof S Avalanche Awareness courses were felt to be highly worthwhile
and very beneficial. Searching along an avalanche site.
2009 We used a series of in-house workshops to keep up with basic
first-aid, resuscitation, splinting and medical gases. Communication
was also covered which included the correct use of radios, channels,
brevity as well as the use of an aid memoir. A scenario was also carried
out involving everything which had been covered. All strapped up Loaded
onto stretcher and ready for transportation
2009 This exercise took advantage of the wintry conditions
to head to the slopes of Creag a'Mhaim to relay what was learned at the
previous avalanche awareness courses. The different probe search techniques,
transceiver work and retrieval of a buried casualty were all practiced.
2009 A scenario involving the search for an injured hill-walker
on the slopes of Maol Chinn Dearg meant two parties searching in a lineout
until the casualty was found. Medical assessment and assistance was
given before being lowered by stretcher to a point where evacuation
could be done by (hypothetical) helicopter. Insulating of a casualty.
2009 Crag work involving correct placements of gear and the set
up of good anchors for the “rigging for rescue” style of stretcher
lower and hoist which we have adopted. The pro's of good communication
was also stressed especially when working near an edge.
2009 Helicopter familiarisation involving smoke, winching, treatment
of casualty and stretcher work on the slopes of Beinn Fhada (Ben Attow).
Scenario. While getting help for a friend (Casualty 1) the person
slipped and fell approximately 10 metres landing on the side of the
river (Casualty 2) sustaining a pelvic fracture. Meanwhile, Casualty 1
(in a tent) is suffering from stomach pain. Rescue party finds Casualty
2 who alerts them to Casualty 1 and another search is lead to find her
further up the glen. Casualty 2 is assessed and a casualty card is
filled out. Oxygen is administered as the pelvic splint, vaccuum
mattress and stretcher is sent down but the awkward position next to
the river makes the retreaval difficult. During this time Casualty 1 is
located and assesed to be suffering from suspected appendicitis and is
helped to the landrover on the track. This information is relayed to
the Rescue Coordinator who calls (hypothetically) for an ambulance to
meet them at the team base at Morvich. Casualty1 is splinted with a
pelvic splint and transferred to the vacuum mattress and stretcher
for a hoist and transfer to ambulance.
2009 Emergency first-aid refresher. This is a British Association
of Ski Patrollers (BASP) led course and all members have this as a minimum
requirement to their medical skills.
2009 This Communications exercise was postponed due to an on-going
search for a missing person.
2009 Night Navigation. Scenario is that a passing fighter jet while
on training lost equipment while flying over the area. Six co-ordinates
were identified and one other was still to be found. Three groups were
dispatched to find two articles each and relay the information on each
back to base. Each article had an item number and one grid number on
it and once all grid numbers were found they were put in order and the
grid reference was relayed back to all teams who searched successfully
for the last article. I know it's here somewhere.
2009 Another trip to the Ice Factor at Kinlochleven to try out our
ice climbing skills.