Please see below for wording of the recent press release regarding a theft of equipment:
Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team – Theft of Equipment
At some point during the last week, a garage in Nelson that is temporarily being used to store equipment until an alternative facility is found was broken into.
Two equipped medical rucksack bags were stolen. These were filled with all the equipment that you would expect to find in a medical bag, such as bandages, neck collars, airway management equipment, masks, burns equipment, etc.
Twenty rope access harnesses and a drum of 200m of rope had diesel splashed onto them. The effect of diesel is that it can rot through the webbing and rope. As a result we cannot risk these being used again and they will be taken out of service.
In all approximately £15,000 of the £25,000 worth of equipment being stored was either stolen or damaged beyond use in the theft.
The equipment will be replaced to continue training and ensuring that front line equipment is always ready for an emergency. It will take around three years to raise the funds to put us back in the position that we are now.
In the short term we will train using equipment off one of our front line vehicles. We have two response vehicles that carry the same equipment, and one will always be ready in an emergency situation.
Team Leader Pete Goble commented:
The equipment taken is used during Team training so that we do not have to use front line equipment. It is a mirror of what we carry on two of our ambulances. The last thing we want is for front line equipment to be out of our response vehicles having been cleaned after training and being left out to dry when the pager goes off for an emergency that may require the use of that equipment.
RPMRT is a registered charity (Number 508209) made up entirely of volunteers. We are called out through the 999 system and carry out search and rescue duties over 350 square miles of East Lancashire, Pendle, Rossendale and parts of Greater Manchester. We are called out by and work alongside Lancashire Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, and Lancashire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services, as well as helping out neighbouring teams as requested. If you are interested in learning more about the team the please visit the website www.rpmrt.org.uk. If you would like to donate text RPMR11 £5 to 70070 or hit the donate button on the right hand side of www.rpmrt.org.uk.