The team spent the full day training with a number of other organisations, including team members from the Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation & Scarborough and Rydale Mountain Rescue, in and around Threshfield Quarry. Three scenarios were practiced. The first concentrated on delivering expert casualty care on a walker with a suspected fractured neck of femur. The second scenario intended to hone the search skills of our volunteers by searching & locating items in an area following a plane crash. The final scenario focused on casualty extraction & communication, whereby the team had to recover a casualty in an awkward location.
Whilst the training was ongoing the controllers received a live request by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to attend to a fallen male mountain biker at Hawkswick Cote in Littondale. Two rescue vehicles and 10 members were immediately deployed but were stood down on route.
The team were called out today to assist a local male who had slipped in the snow and sustained a lower leg injury whilst out running on the river bank near to Grassington. The casualty was treated at the scene by the Yorkshire Ambulance service (YAS). Suspecting a break, pain relief was administered and the leg splinted before UWFRA carried him to the waiting road ambulance.
During the start of a joint Casualty Care training weekend with Clapham Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) at the UWFRA base in Grassington, CRO were called to assist a 40yr old male with a suspected broken ankle near to the summit of Pen y ghent. Due to the number of CRO members at the UWFRA depot it was decided to dispatch Fell 1 with 1 UWFRA member driving and 4 CRO on board.
The casualty was located high on the hill above the snow line where his companions had sensibly kept him sheltered and warm prior to the teams arrival. CRO members administered pain relief then splinted the injured leg before placing him in an insulated casualty bag & stretchering him to the team landrover near Hull Pot. There he was driven to the waiting road ambulance.