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Electronic T-Card System Developments

Development has continued on the electronic T-card system, CRIMS and a 60 day trial version (beta) of the software is available for download. Find out more about CRIMS >>


Fall Protection Equipment Inspector Course, 22nd December 2013

On 22nd December 2013, Mike Clayton, BCRC Equipment Officer and MCRO Secretary ran another equipment inspection course, this time for our colleagues of the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) at Tewkesbury.


Shropshire Caving & Mining Club Annual Dinner

Over £130 was raised at this year's SCMC annual dinner when past and present members took part in a "sealed envelope" raffle. A big "thank you" to everyone who took part - and commiserations to all those who found that their envelopes were empty!


Hidden Earth, National Caving Conference, Monmouth, 29th September 2013

For cavers, the national caving conference, Hidden Earth is a social highlight of the year with an inspiring programme packed with lectures, presentations, competitions and socialising. This conference, the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) gave a presentation with MCRO member, Dave Bowdley, thought provokingly talking about his own cave rescue from many years ago. This was followed up by MCRO member, Emma Porter talking about the work that two MCRO members started in Tunisia, which has become a BCRC project, in supporting and training cave rescuers in Tunisia. Thanks to two MCRO members, Mike Clayton and Deanne Wilkins who worked on the Technical Team at Hidden Earth and assisted this presentation.


Emergency Services Show, NEC, 25th to 26th September 2013

MCRO Secretary Mike Clayton and GCRG Chair Paul Taylor looking after the BCRC stand.A change of venue this year, saw the Emergency Services Shows at the NEC, which is the the UK’s leading annual event for all emergency responders and personnel. The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) had a stand in the UK SAR section of the Show, together with other voluntary rescue organisations. The BCRC stand was supported and visited by members of MCRO during the two days.


MCRO Secretary Mike Clayton and GCRG Chair Paul Taylor looking after the BCRC stand.


MCRO Social Event, North Wales, 6th to 8th September 2013

Rather than just practising rescue, this weekend was planned as a social and to just go underground together. MCRO members from Cave & Crag, Dudley Caving Club and Shropshire Mining & Caving Club had an enjoyable weekend in Croesor-Rhosydd and Cwmorthin Mines.


Team members at the Kidderminster Go Outdoors store.MCRO at the Kidderminster GO Outdoors, 4th August 2013

Following on from our successful days at GO Outdoors Coventry and Erdington, we were invited to look after the climbing wall at the newly opened Go Outdoors in Kidderminster and to promote mountain and cave rescue.


GCRG Rescue Practice, Forest of Dean, 2nd June 2013

On a nice sunny day several members attended Gloucester Cave Rescue Group’s training exercise at Wigpool Mine in the Forest of Dean. The morning session was given over to a series of hauling and rigging exercises. In the afternoon a surface search was organised by Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) to build upon our January training. A very worth while day.


Four MCRO members visited Tunisia to help train Tunisian cave rescuers, 3rd-5th May 2013

Tunisian CRO training trip.Between the 3rd & 5th of May 2013, four MCRO team members, Bartek Biela, Paulina Biela, Mike Clayton and Emma Porter were part of a 6-person British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) team who travelled to Tunisia to deliver a cave rescue course to a fledgling cave rescue team in Tunisia – the first cave rescue organisation in the country. Read more details about the event >>


Anthony Rich (left) receiving his BCRC long service award from Bill Whitehouse (right), BCRC Chair)Anthony Rich, MCRO team member, receives BCRC long service award, 28th April 2013

At the 2013 British Cave Rescue Council AGM, Anthony Rich, received from BCRC Chairman, Bill Whitehouse, a long-service certificate for 20 years of voluntary work as Legal Advisor to BCRC.

Anthony Rich (left) receiving his award from Bill Whitehouse (right)


BCRC Training Day, Buxton, 27th April 2013

Several team members were able to attend the British Cave Rescue Council Technical Training day at Buxton Fire Station. Where representatives of cave rescue teams from around the country were able to demonstrate new techniques and swap ideas.


MCRO member, Rick Stanton is awarded a MBE, December 2012

MCRO's Diving Officer, Rick Stanton, has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen's 2012 New Years' honours list. Rick received the honour in recognition of his service to the communities of the West Midlands as a firefighter, and for the cave diving rescue services he carries out on a voluntary basis both in the UK and abroad.


This award follows his Royal Humane Society Bronze medal award in August 2012 for his dive rescue work in France in 2010.

Rick Stanton with his Royal Humane Society award in 2012.




Rick Stanton with his Royal Humane Society award in 2012.