Last night twenty team members, comprising ops control and three trained search teams assembled for an exercise in locating and interacting with a despondent person, utilising our Samaritans training and search skills as well as giving the newer trainees their first go at search and rescue radio comms following the previous theory session. Everyone did very well.
A couple of images from training last night during a break in the wind and rain. As the Land Search team for Merseyside, MerSAR train regularly and in all weathers for any event requiring our aid and the training programme reflects the urgent and pro-active nature of the SAR environment. The exercise involved a medical evacuation of a simulated casualty using a basket stretcher and relay carry-out procedure.
MERSAR volunteers were joined by and pleased to welcome a colleague from West Mercia Search and Rescue for a search exercise last night. The team simulated a search for a despondent male using corridor search techniques to compare effectiveness with a combined hasty and area approach simulated previously in Port Sunlight on 20th March. The team’s Chief Medical Officer Martin then delivered a refresher demonstration of a range of techniques for addressing massive haemorrhage.
Many thanks again to Dave and colleagues at New Mersey Retail Park for our recent fundraising opportunity which raised over £200.
Many thanks to Martin Maynard, G8CIX, of Merseyside Raynet and his colleagues for an interesting talk this week. Several team members also attended the Raynet county AGM to illustrate how land search and rescue is conducted by MerSAR.
MerSAR would like to thank all those who contributed to the £349.90 donated to the charity at New Mersey Retail Park, Speke on 26th and 27th November 2016. Many thanks to David Prescott, Charities Coordinator for the opportunity.
A summary of training venues over the last few weeks since exercising with Southport Coastguard Rescue officers:
12th Sept – Search and Casualty Evacuation Exercise Thurstaston Hill
19th Sept – Search and Casevac Exercise Eastham Country Park
26th Sept – PR and safety presentation to Wallasey Cubs and Scout group
3rd Oct – Classroom Theory session
10th Oct – Search Exercise at Eastham Rake