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Theft of Equipment – Press Release

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.

 

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A training course undertaken by two Team members in January…

At the start of December Ron and I attended a Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Course at the Emergency Service Training Centre based on the Wirral. This is a purpose built centre providing specialist emergency service training and simulation. This was apparent as we walked through the door and saw a train, buses, various upturned cars and a full scale Accident and Emergency department.

 

Day 1 was a classroom based pre course study day allowing us to build on our existing knowledge and get a feel of what was to come over the next 3 days.

Day 2 the course officially started. There were representatives from various agencies including the Fire Service, Ambulance Paramedics and Doctors. Lectures focused on a systematic approach to the assessment and treatment of trauma casualties. This was then put into practice during a number of extremely lifelike scenarios and skill stations.

Day 3 saw us plunged into more scenarios testing all of our existing skills, our new assessment techniques and promoted interagency operability. The afternoon started with an exam and then interactive evaluations including a gas explosion and lorry crash.

Day 4 commenced with a demonstration by the Fire Service where we were able to get hands on with some of their cutting and extraction equipment. Further scenarios involving trapped and multiple casualties followed before the final exercise.

The final exercise was a multi vehicle/multi casualty incident. We boarded our allocated vehicles and made to the incident location, rounding the final corner our view of the multi vehicle “pile up” was hindered by a burning vehicle. We were quickly dispatched by the incident commander to our tasks where there was plenty of opportunity to build on our training in what was as near to a real life incident as it is possible to get.

 

The opportunity to attend this fantastic course has allowed us to build on our previous skills and knowledge. We can now return this to team training and of course on callouts.

We would thoroughly recommend this course and extend our thanks to the Team for putting us through and the excellent training provided by the Emergency Services Training Centre.

Photos from previous courses can be found at www.emergencyservices-training.com

We were reminded during the course that- “Our patients did not choose us, we chose them” (PHTLS Manual)

Andy