Rescue Training in High Water!

The last 2 weeks have seen LTA Director Anthony commute back from Nepal to run two rescue programmess for UK rescue teams.

After getting back to work on the 1st November and a day to prepare, the first course ran over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd for West Mids Search and Rescue (WMSAR) attending a Swiftwater and Flood Rescue technician (SRT) course. WMSAR are a voluntary group that operates out of Telford and Upton on Severn and responds with the local Fire and Rescue teams for river, flood and search rescues in the area. Day one was based at the centre with a series of lectures, rope work practice and introduction to kit. Day two was spent on the river Teme in high water practicing self rescue swims and a variety of rescue techniques throughout the day with participants coping very well with the fast water and cold conditions. This completed the first block of training, with the second part taking part a week later.

West Midlands Search & Rescue Team

Day two of the 4 day Swift Water Rescue (SRT) course with West Midlands Search & Rescue

The following day (4th) another 4 day course started, this time with Glasgow Airport Fire and Rescue. Ant has worked and trained this group a lot in the past, who love coming down to the centre and making the most of the close proximity of the pub! Having suited up in better conditions then their previous visit (2 years ago in February with snow on the ground) – The first two days were a refresher of their Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT) certification with the first day based on the River Teme practising their self rescues, rope work and seeing what they remembered from last time! Day two was boat handling skills, rescue and recover on a very fast flowing river Severn!

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Day two boat handling skills, rescue and recover on a very fast flowing river Severn.

The remaining 2 days were spent at the centre and on the centre lake where all 4 crew members were training up to be Rescue 3 Instructors to be able to run the Basic Water training modules back with the own agency in Glasgow. Having all completed their refresher and Instructors course with ease these guys are now set up to develop their teams rescue capabilities back up at Glasgow airport and the surrounding area.

With this course completed and the pub left with a little less beer, we will see these guys again in a couple of years to recertify their awards!

The final part to complete was the second part of the training with WMSAR (11th & 12 Nov) who continued their training with another day on the river including boat handling skills and a night exercise getting a different prospective of the river environment using lamps and torches for search and rescue and some scenarios to practice their new found skills.

Night rescue exercise West Midlands Search & Rescue

West Midlands Search & Rescue with Live the Adventure on a night exercise getting used to a different perspective of the river environment using lamps and torches for search and rescue and some scenarios to practice their new found skills.

Well done to both teams from Glasgow and WMSAR for their enthusiasm and efforts in the water – both dedicated teams operating at a great level.

So rescue courses completed by the 12th – Ant commutes back to Nepal the following day (13th) to guide a 9 day River Expedition on the Sun Kosi River from the Tibetan Border through the heart of Nepal to the Indian Plains. Blogs on this to follow!

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