We would like to thank both John Rooney and the National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS) for their generosity in donating the training and cost of registration of the NPORS certification to our team.
Well that was frantic few weeks on the PR and events front... In August and September we did a days filming for a documentary (more about that later!), we attended the Westmorland County Show, where we won Runner Up for best large non-agricultural trade stand. The Kendal Torchlight Carnival with Hagglund 3 and the airboat (complete with a drysuited Youth team) on a trailer behind the Landrover 130. Plus a lovely sunny day on Blackpool Promenade with a stand at the TVR Car Club 'Back Home' event (Paul our Deputy Station Officer is a life long TVR owner and club member, plus he does their website too!) Last an Emergency Services Open Day at Penrith Fire HQ
14 BSAR Team members where trained tonight by North West Ambulance Service on the use of AED's (Defibrillators) and had update training on practical CPR. So we now have 3 new AEDs which will be located on our Vehicles and Hagglunds at their various locations and a fully qualified team.
We welcomed Ian, Darron and some of the team from the AA Special Operations Response Team, we first met them during the 2009 Cockermouth Floods. It was good to find out the developments within their team and to share the changes in our team. We are hoping to do some joint training over the next few months.
BSAR attended a joint exercise to establish operational capability in the event of moorland fires on the fells of Lancashire. Massive turnout from a range of emergency services: Lancs and Cumbria Fire and Rescue with various ATVs and 4x4s, various Mountain Rescue Teams with 4x4s, United Utiliites and Council Countryside rangers with ATVs, Helicopter with specialist aerial fire bucket and ourselves.
We deployed both Hagglunds in their new DAF 28ft box trucks, our 18 tonne Volvo multi-rescue crane equipped truck (with our Kawasaki mule and fire fogging unit, and multiple 1000 litre IBC water containers) plus one Landrover and our Minibus! Our role was to transport multiple fire crew and water to the tops of the fells (and the ITV film crew). The fire crews could then deploy fire fogging and hoses from portable water dams which we refilled. The helicopter also deployed and refilled water drops from these dams. Lot of great lessons learned, and an appearance on Granada News, what a day!
7 Team members have completed a Water Incident Management (Flood) course which meets the DEFRA Module 5 for the Flood Rescue National Enhancement scheme. The course which has been run over 3 days by Al Read and Paul Amos of Outreach Rescue. Funded by part of a grant from the Cumbria Community Foundation Flood Fund.
Come along and see us, along with the Fire & Rescue Service, Police, Ambulance Service and Mountain Rescue at Kendal Emergency Services Open Day on Saturday 1st October 2011 from 1pm to 4pm.
All of Busher Walk, Kendal around the Fire, Police, MRT and Ambulance HQs will be closed to cars and open to the public. There will be various demonstrations such as RTC extractions, water rescues in the river, fire scenarios etc as well as stands, a climbing wall, face painting and various stalls. Kendal Police HQ will also be showing off their new custody suite.
We will be in the Fire HQ yard with a display and our Hagglund and Airboat. Our other Hagglund and our SRT (Swiftwater Rescue Technicians) team will be doing a demonstration in the river with Fire & Rescue and Mountain Rescue SRT teams. See you there!
Some of the team had a very interesting and useful day working together with West Kirby RNLI. Our two hagglunds were transported down to their station on the far side of the Wirral by low loader to do some side by side comparisons with an RNLI Landrover fitted with tracks (Matt track). This will be used to pull their IRB to its launch sites which can be difficult to access. The day was a success for all and both teams learned a lot, thanks for the hospitality guys
First held in 1998, Shephard’s Search and Rescue conference and exhibition has developed a global reputation for being the essential gathering for SAR professionals.
This high-profile event has been supported by the RNLI, HM Coast Guard, US Coast Guard, and the European Helicopter Association; it provides the largest international gathering of SAR experts in Europe. The 2011 Event is just days away and this year will feature our own Gary Parsons as one of the Key note speakers.
A busy weekend for the team. We visited the Lancashire Fire and Rescue USAR unit on Saturday, amazing kit, training and facilities, look forward to reciprocating when both Red and Blue watches come to see us at our base sometime soon.
Following morning all the SWRT team were out training in the local river at Sedgewick and had a great session. The sun was even out.