ROSSENDALE RE­VEALED

Rossendale Free Press - - People - BARRY HYDE

THIS week Barry Hyde, mem­ber of the Pro­mot­ing Rossendale Part­ner­ship Board takes a look at The Rossendale and Pen­dle Moun­tain Res­cue Team FOUNDED in 1962, the Rossendale and Pen­dle Moun­tain Res­cue Team deal with an av­er­age of 70 in­ci­dents each year, most of which re­quire some sort of med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

So it is ab­so­lutely key to the ser­vice they pro­vide, not just that they have the spe­cial­ist equip­ment to deal with th­ese sit­u­a­tions, but that team mem­bers are trained in the nec­es­sary skills to use it.

Their in­ci­dent re­ports for the past ten years re­flect a wide range of emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, de­mand­ing very dif­fer­ent treat­ments.

They’ve dealt with heart at­tacks and angina, di­a­betic hy­pos and ana­phy­lac­tic shock, heat ex­haus­tion and hy­pother­mia, bro­ken limbs and head in­juries.

They’ve rushed preg­nant women to hos­pi­tal, their waters re­cently bro­ken and sadly at the other end of the spec­trum have re­cov­ered the bodies of sui­cide vic­tims and fallen climbers and fell run­ners.

Moun­tain res­cue per­son­nel of­ten have to work in ad­verse con­di­tions, in the teeth of a wind or the black of night, in a dis­tinctly in­hos­pitable en­vi­ron­ment, and this can be­come a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in pa­tient man­age­ment. Ca­su­al­ties may be found many miles from a road and he­li­copter evac­u­a­tion may not be pos­si­ble due to poor weather.

Con­se­quently team mem­bers may have to cope with po­ten­tially life-threat­en­ing in­juries, for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. The team has a ‘team doc­tor’ who is a prac­tis­ing GP and there are sev­eral paramedics and am­bu­lance tech­ni­cians on the call-out list.

How­ever, they may not al­ways be present at a call-out, so team mem­bers must be fully ca­pa­ble of tak­ing de­ci­sions and ini­ti­at­ing ac­tions in the best in­ter­ests of the ca­su­alty and the med­i­cal train­ing is de­signed to give them that abil­ity and con­fi­dence. This cru­cial ser­vice is a reg­is­tered char­ity and is to­tally re­liant on do­na­tions to main­tain the ser­vice.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to make a do­na­tion, please go to their web­site at http://www. rpmrt.org.uk

●● The Rossendale and Pen­dle Moun­tain Res­cue Team deal with an av­er­age of 70 in­ci­dents each year

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