Rescuers test their skills on MP in forest exercise
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.”