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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)


The Emergency Services Show 19th-20th September

The ESS is a two-day annual event and has been held at the NEC, Birmingham for the past few years. Although mainly aimed at the Blue-light services with a wide range of equipment, First Aid, and software suppliers, plus all manner of strange machines the BCRC and other voluntary SAR organisations have stands promoting their activities and MCRO team members were there to provide support for the BCRC stand.

This year the BCRC stand attracted a lot of interest due to the Thailand cave rescue. BCRC was also given a last minute slot in the lecture programme on the second day of the event. This talk was enormously popular with people crowding around the lecture area. Unfortunately the 30 minute slot wasn’t really long enough for Bill Whitehouse and Rick Stanton to cover everything, but at least they got the key points across.

The Thailand rescue display at the NEC


Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service - Summer Open Day, August 18th

We had a display again at this year’s Shrewsbury Fire Station Open Day. We were sited at the far end of the Fire Station yard again, which gave us space to spread out a little... read the report >>


Snailbeach Evacuation Exercise, 11th August

Shropshire Mines Trust take tour groups into Robert's/Perkin's and wanted to test their 'Emergency Rescue Plan' that is initiated should a tour group become trapped underground. As MCRO would be called to assist during such an incident it was decided to test the evacuation procedure.

Snailbeach Evacuation exercise. (Pic: Steve Holding)



Happy Outcome for Bill, 7th August

It was a happy outcome for Bill the collie who, while herding sheep, had fallen onto a ledge at the head of a high waterfall near the famous Pistyll Rhaeadr, a few miles from the village of Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant in Powys, Wales.

Working with colleagues from South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team we were able to bring Bill back to the top of the mountain and reunite him with his owner.

Bill's location near the head of the waterfall (Pic: Gary Mitchell)

A rescuer reaches Bill and carefully puts him in a hauling bag (Pic: Kelvin Lake) Bill reaches the top of the mountain (Pic: Kelvin Lake)

Reunited with his owner (Pic: Kelvin Lake) A Thank You kiss for one of his rescuers (Pic: Kelvin Lake)


Congratulations on a successful Cave Rescue, Thailand, 10th July

Congratulations to all those involved in the successful cave rescue of the 12 young boys and their football coach from Tham Luang Nang Non Cave in Thailand. Details of the involvement of the British Cave Rescue Council and cavers from a number of UK cave rescue teams can be found on the BCRC website.

A BBC News article on the rescue containing an interview with members of MCRO cave diver Rick Stanton, BCRC and other cave rescue members can be found on the BBC News site.


Supporting Mendip Cave Rescue @Priddy, 6th-8th July

It was all about teamwork this weekend ... Midlands CRO were supporting Mendip CR at Priddy Folk Festival, helping provide First Aid cover. These two volunteers did double shifts to free up other Midlands CRO members who were working to support the Thailand cave rescue. Thank you!

Supporting Mendip Cave Rescue at Priddy folk festival


Mountain Rescue England & Wales AGM, 19th May 2018

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, 18th May 2018

Held at Tweedale Fire Station, there were changes to the committee. Which remains: Mike Clayton - Chairman, Deanne Wilkins- Secretary, Graham Smith - Treasurer.


BCRC Training Day & AGM Weekend, Buxton, 8th-9th April 2018

MCRO reps attended the BCRC AGM at the weekend. Emma continues as BCRC Secretary, Mike as Equipment Officer and Kelvin as Web Officer. Thanks to all MCRO volunteers working at a national cave rescue level..


Succesfull Insepction Course, 16th March 2018

Well done to MCRO members, Andy, Dea and John, who passed the Equipment Inspection course this month, and Emma who renewed her certificate. Thanks to Mike, BCRC Equipment Officer, for running the course for Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation and Severn Area Rescue Association.

2018 inspection course


Winter Training Day, 7th January 2018

Our annual training day at Total Access (UK) Limited's training centre, Eccleshall was another success with team members practicing a range of techniques. This year they included rescuing a caver stuck on a pitch, and using the larkin frame for raising an lowering a stretcher over an edge (we used a small building!).


Rescuing a caver trapped on a pitch at Total Access, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.Rescuing a caver trapped on a pitch

Using the Larkin Frame at Total Access, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.Using the Larkin Frame for stretcher haulage over an edge

Team members at Total Access, Eccleshall, Staffordshire.Team members: Rick Stanton, Ian Millard, Dea Wilkins, Steve Holding and Josh Rowson on stretcher haulage. Thanks to Bartek Biela for images of the training from his drone.