Stay Safe Stay Out of Quarries

It’s looking like the cold weather is returning over the Easter weekend, but as we head into spring it’s worth reminding everyone, especially those of you with teenage children, that quarries are not places to explore or go swimming.
The pools can look inviting, but the water is usually very cold and deep. There are often hidden hazards under the surface too.
The edges of the quarry cliffs are much more unstable than natural cliffs.
So please Stay Safe Stay Out of Quarries

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WAST and NEWSAR working together

We’ve been sent this amusing selfie story from Phoebe who was a student paramedic with the crew that attended alongside us to the incident at Ewloe Castle.
She says “Trying to look busy whilst mountain rescue do all the hard work 🙂 #team999”
Joking aside yesterday was a great example of team work, with the NEWSAR members initially managing the casualty and the extraction, but then the Ambulance Crew taking over to provide further care and get the casualty safely to hospital. Each providing different skills and equipment needed to complete the job.
We work alongside the other #team999 services on every job we do, like the Police, Ambulance, Fire, Coastguard, Air Ambulance, RNLI and all the other volunteer emergency services.
We’re all there to help people in their hour of need.

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CALLOUT: Knee injury at Wepre Park

CALLOUT: This afternoon a group was out exploring Wepre Park and Ewloe castle when a lady suffered a knee injury while right in the middle of the castle grounds.

Team members provided pain relief and splinting before the casualty was put on our stretcher and brought out down two flights of stairs, then around to a track behind the castle where she was handed over to a

Welsh Ambulance Service  crew for further treatment.

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TRAINING: Rope techniques

On Wednesday evening we got a small group together to train in techniques for protecting casualties and stretchers on relatively easy slopes.

This is what we call a “low angle” rescue where we don’t need a full twin rope system, but a simple single rope provides back up to the stretcher party.

Many of our rescues involve people who have been injured on a steep walking slope and they need carrying down to easier ground.

Photos (C)  Babs Boardwell Photography

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