Amazingly Busy and Eventful Training Weekend for DWMRT
Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team’s second training weekend of 2015 took place from September 18th - 20th at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. The weekend kicked off with a team meeting, followed by workshop sessions on vital signs on Friday night.
Saturday morning started with an exercise designed to closely mimic a real callout. A call had come in relating to an accident involving three mountain bikers in the region of Glendoo, Knocknagun, and Prince William’s Seat. Exercise base was set up at Glencree and hill parties were dispatched from both ends of the ridge to search for the casualties. Once located, medics assessed and treated the injured mountain bikers and an evacuation plan was established. Of the three casualties, one could walk unaided, one could walk with assistance, and the third required stretcher transport.
With the stretcher-carry ongoing, a second exercise began. This exercise involved a search for a 10-year-old boy who’d gone missing from the Glencree centre. Team members were retasked from the stretcher party and a search plan was established. During the search, some of the team’s swiftwater responders were requested to check out a possible sighting. The boy was located, complaining of back pain and suffering from hypothermia, having fallen into a nearby river. The swiftwater team removed the boy from the water with the assistance of a crag team who hauled the stretcher up the steep riverbank.
While the team were busy searching for a fictional 10-year-old boy, a call came in to assist a young hiker who had injured his leg whilst hiking on Black Hill with his family. Mountain rescue (MR) personnel from Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team responded. They treated the young man’s injuries and transported him to a waiting HSE ambulance. Just after the Black Hill callout finished up, team members still involved in the training exercise were notified by a passer-by of a road traffic collision near the Sally Gap. A vehicle was dispatched to the scene and MR personnel gave assistance to a male motorcyclist.
An early start on Sunday morning had the team out near Long Hill for training with the Irish Coastguard's Rescue 116 helicopter. On its final approach Rescue 116 was retasked to attend an emergency call, so our training would have to wait for another day. At the same time, the team received a call for assistance from Galway Mountain Rescue Team, who were searching for a missing walker in the Twelve Bens in Connemara. A group of volunteers was then established to travel to Galway to assist. The team members who remained in Glencree finished out the weekend with a series of skills workshops.
We'd like to thank the staff of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation for providing excellent accommodation, and the crew of the Irish Coastguard's Rescue 116 for their attendance before they were retasked.