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TEESDALE AND WEARDALE SEARCH AND MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
 
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The Team Vehicles

TWSMRT operates two purpose built vehicles. The Control vehicle (CONTROL) is based on an Iveco van and has a side door entry to the control area which has seating for 2 controllers plus another 5 personnel. The vehicle is equipped with a range of radios for communication with search groups, helicopters, other Teams and the police. There is also a computer system that allows for logging of all information collected during a search. An additional flat panel display allows the search controllers to view the log as well as a computerised map of the search area supplied by the police. The back of the vehicle is used for storage and is separated from the control area by a steel bulkhead. The storage area is large enough to accommodate a portable generator, the pump for the vehicle's pneumatic radio mast and a selection of search, rescue, medical and climbing equipment. The vehicle also has a Vanex awning fitted to one side to provide a weatherproof room for Team briefing and multiple casualty care. The vehicle can also be used as an ambulance for transporting a casualty on a stretcher.

The other Team vehicle is a 110 Landrover known as MOBILE. This vehicle is mainly used to transport search groups around the search area and has seating for the driver and 6 passengers. It has a similar radio fit to CONTROL and if necessary can also be used to control a second search operation. MOBILE carries a variety of equipment similar to CONTROL both in the rear of the vehicle and in a weatherproof roof box. Again the vehicle can quickly be configured to carry a casualty on a full length stretcher for transporting either to hospital or from rough terrain to a tarmac road for hand over to an NHS ambulance. As with all Team equipment a great deal of fund-raising was required to purchase both these vehicles and the Team gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all those who donated money for their purchase. MOBILE is know as “Stan's Van” in recognition of the 25 years of service given to Mountain Rescue by Stan White who died in 2002 and was for many years the Team Secretary.

On occasions the Team also make use of RAF Sea-king helecopters a short video file showing the Team in action is available here.

 

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SEARCH AND RESCUE THROUGHOUT COUNTY DURHAM

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