6/12 and 7/12 – Two callouts in two days

The busy start to 2012 has continued with incident 5/12 on Friday night, then on Saturday we searched another set of areas relating to incident 3/12.  On Sunday night we had another call in the Holywell area (6/12) and on Monday night a call in the Buckley area (7/12).

6/12 Sunday 22/1/2012

Late on Sunday evening North Wales Police called out the team to search for a missing person in the Holywell area.

The team mobilised two vehicles, two search managers and searchers to the area where the missing person was last seen.

Parties of volunteer searchers from NEWSAR were deployed into a number of likely areas and located the missing person in the early hours of Monday morning.

7/12 Monday 23/1/2012

Late on Monday evening North Wales Police called out the team to search for a missing person in the Buckley area.

The full team was mobilised and the NEWSAR search manager drove to the scene to find out more information from the Police and informant.  When they arrived in the vicinity of the last known position the NEWSAR search manager saw someone matching the description of the missing person and was able to identify that they were indeed who we were looking for.  The rest of the team was then stood down while enroute to the search area.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/612-and-712-two-callouts-in-two-days/

A busy weekend for NEWSAR – Casualty Care training and callouts

The Casualty Care course started on Friday evening with a discussion on important anatomy.  Damon “volunteered” (i.e. he didn’t move quick enough!) to be the model for this part and allowed the participants to draw on his torso where important organs are located, such as heart, lungs, liver, spleen, kidneys etc.  This made a potentially rather dry subject a  lot of fun.

On Saturday morning we all enjoyed a hearty breakfast cooked by our Team Leader Iain and his assistants.  The morning was spent on what is known as the “Primary Survey” of a casualty, usually abbreviated to DRABC, which stands for Danger (check for), Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation (including any life threatening bleeding).  Being an MR course this was all done outside lying on the grass and mud around our base.

After lunch we went on to cover the Secondary survey where we looked at the systematic approach to examining a casualty from head to toe.  After it went dark we ran a full casualty exercise, with small groups going to find a casualty in the woods.  The casualty was examined, a diagnosis made, treatment administered, packaged for extraction and then finally moved to the waiting “ambulance”.

We broke for a superb dinner made by Iain and another group of helpers from the team.

Dinner was followed by the use of intramuscular injections.  This technique is used to administer a variety of important drugs to treat things like severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) and administer pain relief.  This can be challenging for team members doing this for the first time,  as we practice on each other using saline injections.  Everyone got through it very well, with the old hands helping the newer team members.  Just to make it extra realistic we do it outside in the dark using head torches for light.

Sunday dawned windy and cold.  Iain and his helpers served up another fine breakfast, after which we then had an excellent interactive discussion on the drugs used by the team to treat a wide variety of conditions and alleviate symptoms.  This is a key area, as it is even more important to know when to refrain from giving a drug, as it is to know which drug to use for a particular condition.

We then moved outside again for sessions were we took turns to be the casualty or the casualty carer.  This involved scenarios with trauma injuries, for instance broken bones, bleeding etc. and medical conditions like heart attacks, angina, anaphylactic reactions, hypothermia, asthma,  fits, etc.

We rounded up the course with a review and all of us thanked the volunteer instructors, led by Harold,  who had given up their weekends to provide a fantastic course.

We have a mock exam next weekend, with a written and practical element, followed a week later with the real exam, carried out by Accident and Emergency Consultants… no pressure there then!

In amongst this NEWSAR ran two incidents, firstly on Friday night (https://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/512-team-callout-to-the-welshpool-area/).  On Saturday we worked with Search and rescue Dogs (SARDA) to search additional areas in connection with the disappearance of Mr Michael Murphy, missing from the Flintshire Bridge since the 4th January https://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/312-callout-in-the-deeside-area/.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/a-busy-weekend-for-newsar-casualty-care-training-and-callouts/

3/12 – Callout in the Deeside area – Further Update

Update – 22/1/12:

On Friday 20/1/12, the team was contacted by North Wales Police who asked us to come out to search a number of areas close to where Michael’s vehicle was found.

On Saturday 21st, we were joined by colleagues from Sarda Wales and searched the identified areas.  As we were running the NWMRA Casualty Care course at our base this weekend, our colleagues at Cheshire SAR were also placed on standby but stood down on Saturday morning as we had enough team members.

The team’s involvement has now finished but we remain available to search again if required by North Wales Police.


Update – 11/1/2012:

This morning officers from North Wales Police have been stopping cars in the vicinity of the Flintshire Bridge, in a bid to jog the memories of commuters.  They have used Mr Murphy’s car as well.  The Daily Post has the following article


It also has the following video


NEWSAR remains available to carry out search activities based on this latest appeal or any other information received by the Police.


Update – 9/1/2012:

In support of a Police request, approximately 20 team members were tasked to search an area a number of miles away from the Flintshire Bridge. This search was carried out on Sunday afternoon and evening (8/1/2012).  NEWSAR continues to support the search for Mr. Murphy, acting together with many other agencies.


Update – 6/1/2012: 

New Daily Post article http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/01/06/huge-search-for-missing-man-after-car-found-abandoned-on-flintshire-bridge-55578-30068920/


Update – 5/1/2012:

The team was contacted at 10.54 on 5/1/12 for a vulnerable male missing in the Deeside area.  After speaking to North Wales Police, a Search Manager from NEWSAR joined one from SARDA Wales to review the information available and make further enquiries.

At 15.04, the team was stood down as there was nothing we could do to assist at this point.

Here is the appeal by North Wales Police to trace the missing man, Michael Murphy, http://www.north-wales.police.uk/news__appeals/all_appeals/appeal_to_trace_missing_man.aspx, and links to articles on the Daily Post, http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/01/05/north-wales-police-concerned-for-missing-man-in-flintshire-55578-30065392/, and Flintshire Chronicle, http://www.flintshirechronicle.co.uk/flintshire-news/local-flintshire-news/2012/01/05/concern-grows-for-missing-flintshire-man-51352-30065405/#.TwW_r2Uq45U.twitter, websites.





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5/12 – Team Callout to the Welshpool Area

At approximately 8.10pm on Friday evening (20th January 2012), the Team was called out by Dyfed Powys Police as they had received reports of an injured walker on Rodney’s Pillar, near Welshpool.

After sending the call out text to the full team, our First Responder was contacted by Dyfed Powys Police to say that they had managed to drive to the injured person and had evacuated them off the hill.

The team was then stood down at 8.42pm.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/512-team-callout-to-the-welshpool-area/

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