A scout group from Durham City helped out their local Mountain Rescue Team over the weekend. Fifteen members of the 1st Framwellgate Moor Scouts played casualties during the monthly exercise run by Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team in Hamsterley Forest. Deputy Team leader Steve Owers said "We were surprised when we were told of the scenario that 15 scouts aged between 10 and 14 were missing "somewhere in the west of the forest", an area which covers around 20sq/km. We sent out search groups and quickly located a group of 7 scouts all with varying simulated injuries. As the day went on we located all of the missing scouts, dealt with their injuries and transported them back to their anxious leaders. They all played their part very well and it was a very realistic exercise for the Team."
John Little Scout Leader said "The scouts wanted do do something for Scout Community Week and thought offering to help the local Mountain Rescue Team would be a good idea. The greatest problem we had was stopping them from over acting in relation to their injuries, they were so enthusiastic.
As a post script just as the exercise was finishing the Team got a call to help a mountain biker who had fallen from his bike in the forest. Five team members and a team medic were sent to deal with the incident. The biker was put on a stretcher and brought out of the forest in the Team Landrover and handed over to a NEAS Ambulance. Steve Owers said "The scouts were able to watch the handover of the real casualty. Their leaders explained what had happened and it made the day all the more real for them."
Scout being treated by Team medic
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk