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Exercise SIMUL, Ironbridge Gorge, 15th October 2016

Exercise SIMUL was an operational exercise designed to test a range of multi-agency plans to respond to an emergency situation centred on a catastrophic landslide, in the Ironbridge Gorge area, Telford, Shropshire.


Organised by Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin County Volunteers Emergency Committee and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, along with representatives from the voluntary organisations.


One of the key aims of the day was to practice communication paths and systems within an operational environment with the assembled voluntary teams dealing with a range of scenarios and incidents in and around the Ironbridge Gorge and River Severn. More pictures and a longer report >>


Scenes from the MCRO Exercise SIMUL scenarios (Ian Cooper)


Telford Fire Station Open Day, Shropshire, 20th August 2016

Despite a damp and blustery day visitors to the Telford Fire Station Open Day were treated to a range of fun and informative demonstrations aimed at promoting safety.


We had our display stand there along with the Dudley Caving Club 'Squeeze box' to give people a feel for squeezing through tight spaces. Read a longer report >>


The MCRO display - all ready for the days visitors


Shrewsbury Fire Station Open Day, Shropshire, 6th August 2016

It was a busy and fun day at Shrewsbury Fire Station Open Day on Saturday 6th. Among the highlights of the day was how to deal with the chip pan fires, cutting a casualty out of a car, rescuing a distraught person from a tall building, visits to the Fire Control Centre, plus activities for children - a tour of a smokey inflatable house, hooking ducks from a 'pond', not to mention climbing into fire tenders and displays from Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes, Shrewsbury Street Pastors, West Midlands SAR and MCRO. More pictures >>


The MCRO display - getting ready for the days visitors


MCRO Rescue Practice, Shropshire, 19th June 2016

The aim of the practice was to get team members to perform roles that they normally don't do (with assistance and advice from the more experienced members). Despite the nervousness of those who were put on the spot, the exercise went very well and the problems that were encountered were successfully overcome.


Mountain Rescue England & Wales AGM, 21st May 2016

A number of team members attended the MREW AGM in Lancashire, not just representing MCRO but wearing a number of British Cave Rescue Council 'hats'.


AGM, 20th May 2016

Held at Tweedale Fire Station, there were no changes to the committee this year with officers agreeing to stand again (at least for another year!). So the committee remains as: Mike Clayton; Chairman, Andy Kennelly; Secretary and Graham Smith; Treasurer.


Larkin Frame Training, 13th May 2016

Another training session was arranged to cover the assembly and use of the Larkin frame, which has been provided by the government funding through Mountain Rescue England & Wales.


Rescue warden Graham Smith had recently attended a training weekend organised by the British Cave Rescue Council and passed on a number of useful pointers and safety items which had been covered during the course to team members who came to this evening session.


BCRC Training Day & AGM Weekend, Buxton, 9th-10th April 2016

Several team members attended the British Cave Rescue Council pre-AGM Technical day at Buxton Fire Station and the BCRC AGM the following day. Delegates to the Technical day were brought up to date a variety of topics including, SARCALL and development of the new Nicola radios.


Large multi-team exercise on Mendip, March 19th 2016.Multi-team Rescue Practice, Mendip, 19th March 2016

This exercise was planned as an opportunity for a variety of Cave Rescue Teams to combine resources in support of the Mendip Cave Rescue who for the purposes of the exercise had another incident going on and require additional assistance to undertake this incident. More details >>

Evening Training - GPS, 11th March 2016

MCRO Chair during the evening GPS training session.MCRO evening training session on the use of GPS (Ian Cooper)Our Second evening training session of 2016 was an introduction to GPS and navigation techniques lead by Ian Cooper.


Team members were asked to bring along their GPS devices and Smartphones, then following a brief introduction to the concepts of GPS and satellite technology, team members were sent on a navigation exercise in the surrounding area in which they had to locate certain features and answer questions about items are various locations.


It was a well planned and very enjoyable exercise. Team members who attended the session expressed an interest having another similar session - perhaps out in the countryside with an aim of navigating between underground features.


Evening Training - Slix 100 Rescue Stretcher 22nd January, 2106

During 2016 we decided to make use of the offer from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to use their Tweedale Community room to hold a series of evening training sessions. The first session was aimed at introducing the team to the new Slix 100 rescue stretcher and comparing it with our older stretchers and Casualty bags.


Team Training Day & Presentation, 10th January 2016

We kicked off the New Year with our annual training day at Total Access (UK) Limited's excellent training centre, Eccleshall. The workshops covered a variety of techniques from rigging techniques, to communications, equipment familiarisation and a 'first aid' quiz.


Before the main training got underway, colleagues from GCRG presented us with a large cheque, representing MCRO's share of the proceeds from the auction of equipment belonging to our friend and colleague the late Steve Tomalin. Read the report >>


Cheque presentation from GCRG to MCRO at Total Access, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.