Res­cuers test their skills on MP in for­est ex­er­cise

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

MOUN­TAIN res­cue vol­un­teers tested their first aid skills on MP David Rut­ley when he was ‘stranded’ in the for­est for a train­ing ses­sion.

The Mac­cles­field MP braved the cold to volunteer as the ca­su­alty for a train­ing ex­er­cise run by Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue in Mac­cles­field For­est.

The train­ing ex­er­cise cen­tred on a sce­nario in which David be­came stranded in the for­est af­ter walk­ing and slip­ping down a steep moun­tain bike trail.

The ex­er­cise gave 22 mem­bers of the res­cue team the op­por­tu­nity to hone their first aid skills and work on how to re­spond quickly to a real emer­gency. Team mem­bers worked hard to quickly lo­cate David and treat him – even though they had al­ready been on two res­cue mis­sions that day.

Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue vol­un­teers have been on 85 call­outs this year.

Mr Rut­ley said: “The work of moun­tain res­cue teams like Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue is vi­tal, es­pe­cially as the nights be­gin to draw in.”

Bux­ton Moun­tain Res­cue has around 55 vol­un­teers and is one of seven vol­un­tary teams re­spon­si­ble for the re­cov­ery of lost or in­jured peo­ple in the Peak District.

It does not re­ceive any gov­ern­ment fund­ing so the £25,000 per year it takes to keep the team run­ning is raised by the team. This year, the team is look­ing to raise an ad­di­tional £45,000 to bring a new ve­hi­cle into op­er­a­tion.

Peter Parker, a team mem­ber, said: “This was a plau­si­ble train­ing sce­nario of an in­ci­dent that can hap­pen to any­one.

“The team would like to stress that, as the days get shorter and the weather grows colder, any­one ven­tur­ing into the out­doors should take ba­sic pre­cau­tions and be pre­pared in case that slip re­sults in a de­bil­i­tat­ing in­jury.

“Al­ways carry a spare layer of cloth­ing, a torch and a whis­tle.”

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