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Mountain Rescue England & Wales AGM, 18th May 2019

A number of MCRO team members attended the MREW AGM in Lancashire, not just representing MCRO but wearing a number of British Cave Rescue Council 'hats'. Members of MREW teams present voted to change their charity to a CIO, this change will take place on the 31st December 2019.


MCRO AGM, 17th May 2019

Once again the AGM was held at Tweedale Fire Station. Deanne Wilkins stood down as team Secretary and Firas Fayed was appointed to the post. Other officers remain the same: Mike Clayton - Chairman, Graham Smith - Treasurer and Emma Porter - Training Officer.
Thanks to: Dea for her work as Secretary and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service for the use of the Fire Station training room.


BCRC AGM, Buxton, 7th April 2019

MCRO reps attended the BCRC AGM at Buxton Fire Station on the 7th April. Emma Porter continues as BCRC Secretary, Mike Clayton as Equipment Officer and Kelvin Lake as Web Officer. A BIG Thank You to all MCRO volunteers working at a national cave rescue level.


Generous Donation from Honeywell Analytics, 6th April 2019

At the BCRC Technical day Peter Barratt (Key Account Manager, Honeywell Analytics, Middlewich, Cheshire) and Joe Exon (Zone Manager, Honeywell Analytics, Poole, Dorset) generously donated portable gas detectors to all fifteen BCRC underground (cave and mine) rescue teams across the UK.

Presentation by Honeywell Analytics to BCRC of the new gas detectors.Presentation by Peter Barratt (Key Account Manager, Honeywell Analytics, Middlewich, Cheshire) of the Multi-Gas Detectors to the BCRC at Buxton Fire Station, Derbyshire, April 2019. L to R: Jon Whiteley (BCRC), Emma Porter (BCRC Secretary), Jim Davis (BCRC Training Co-ordinator), Mike Clayton (BCRC Equipment Officer), Peter Barratt (Honeywell Analytics), Peter Dell (Derbyshire CRO), Gary Mitchell (BCRC Assistant Chair), Bill Whitehouse (BCRC Vice Chair), Peter Dennis (BCRC Chair).


Each Cave Rescue Team has been issued with two sets of the Gas Alert MicroClip X3 [Four-Gas] detector. There are also some sets of Gas Alert Micro5 [Five-Gas] which will be distributed amongst selected teams, where Carbon Dioxide is a recorded hazard in the mines or caves of the area they cover.


MCRO has received 2 Gas Alert MicroClip X3s and are very grateful to Honeywell Analytics for this generous donation. One of our old meters had already failed and the other one has trouble with calibration, so these new detectors have come at an ideal time. They are also smaller and lighter than our old ones. See the BCRC website for more details. Thank you Honeywell


BCRC Technical Day 6th April - New Long Slix Stretcher

The SMWCRT team has been working with React to improve some design features of the 'slix' stretcher. This latest version incorporates new designs for C-Spine immobilisation and head support for casualties, with improved lifting/hauling eyelet locations. Attendees at the BCRC Technical day were able to get to grips with a prototype, try it out, provide feedback on the changes and make a few additional suggestions.

Evaluating the prototype React Slix stretcher.Representatives from various Cave Rescue teams evaluating the prototype React long Slix stretcher.

Find more pictures on the BCRC website.


Winter Training Day, 13th January 2019

On a mild January Sunday we met at Arco Professional Safety Services training centre, Eccleshall (formerly Total Access) for our winter training session.

Arco Professional Safety Services the new name for Total Access, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.Arco Professional Safety Services the new name for Total Access, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.


This year the morning session concentrated on familiarising team members with the new µHeyphones (through rock radios). After a brief session indoors we went outside for some hands on practice.

Setting up the µHeyphones.

Testing the µHeyphones. Sorting out the antennae.

The afternoon session was in the training workshop and was a hauling exercise to move a "casualty" from the floor in one workshop, through a 'constriction' across a second workshop to land on a scaffold gantry (heavy weights were used in place of a casualty for safety purposes). It out our rope rigging skills to the test!

Raising the 'casualty' in the first workshop Passing the 'casualty' through the 'constriction'


Awards & Honours for BCRC Thailand Rescue Team members

Congratulations to the members of the BCRC rescue team, involved in the rescue of the Wild Boars football team and their coach from the Tham Luang Cave in Thailand, who have received national awards and honours in the New Year's Honours list announced on 28th December 2018.


Read the BCRC Press release about the announcement.


Stiperstones Dawdle or Dash, 26th December 2018

Team members were on the top of Stiperstones (Shropshire) on Boxing day supporting the organisers of the annual Boxing Day "Dawdle or Dash" by providing refreshments (courtesy of the Stiperstones Inn and Shop) to runners and dawdlers. A record number of entrants this year also saw one of the fastest times for the race from the Stiperstones Inn to the Devil's Chair and back. Luckily our first aid skills were not called upon, despite the rocky terrain.

Supporting Boxing Day Stiperstones Dawdle or Dash (Pic: Kelvin Lake)