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Training a Rescue Team

Members of the Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team wear the badge of Mountain Rescue (England and Wales) we are equipped, train and operate as a Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Although our own operational area is the North York Moors, the Team could be called upon at any time to work in any upland or lowland area of the United Kingdom.

The Team must be trained to fulfil this obligation

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The Team's basic entry requirement for anyone wishing to join the team is that they must be experienced hill walkers. They must be able to navigate to any given point day or night and be able to look after themselves on the hill for twenty four hours whatever the weather condition, summer or winter.

Once people prove to us that they have these abilities we also generally find possess that other vital and probably the most important qualification - a love of the hills and wild places. This, combined with the self motivation and personal fitness all hill walkers possess, and a desire to give something back to a pastime they love provides the team with a good solid foundation on which to build "The best Search and Rescue Team in the world."

What's the point of them being trained to be second best!

Accepted in to the Team, a new member serves a one year probationary period during which time they are introduced to team life and are trained in the vast array off skills, equipment and techniques that each member of the Team is expected to know about.

The most important skill they must develop is the ability to work as part of a highly motivated and self-disciplined team. This is not the place for sulky individuals; everyone relies on everyone else to do the best job possible when we are out looking for a missing person or dealing with a seriously injured casualty in what is often unpleasant and hazardous conditions.

Team training is mainly practical and designed to realistically prepare team members for whatever could be required of them on a callout. It can be quite hard work and be both physically and mentally challenging but at the same time training can be very interesting and quite good fun.

At the end of their first year, probationer are tested on all the core skills they have been shown and, if successful, they become Full Search and Rescue members - but training does not stop there.

Whether you have been in the Team three months or thirty years you'll always have something new to learn, be it the names of all the new members or the new communication protocols involved with using our new High Band or TETRA radio systems - there's always something new.

In our last training year our team of 45 members put in nearly five thousand man-hours of training.

Over the last few years the design and development of new equipment technologies, medical techniques, and technical rescue and search management strategies has been staggering. The Team monitors and reviews these developments and always endeavours to use the best practical methods and technology available to us when dealing with an incident. This practice along with reviewing new Health and Safety guidelines, Risk assessments, new Statutory Regulations etc can make the job of training the team quite time consuming, whilst at the same time trying to maintain the time proven philosophy of:

"Keep it simple - keep it safe"

Some times this "voluntary work" can seem like a full time job with all our members putting in a lot of time, effort and sometimes personal expense into training. Our Dog handlers, Advanced BTLS Mountain Rescue Casualty Carers put in even more and for what?

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Well, there's only one reward really - a job well done - "Priceless!"

Steve Glasper - Training Officer - Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team