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