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News & Events, 2022


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Stiperstones Dawdle or Dash, 26th December

As events get back to normal following COVID team members were on the top of Stiperstones (Shropshire) on Boxing day once again supporting the organisers of the Boxing Day "Dawdle or Dash" by providing refreshments (courtesy of the Stiperstones Inn and Shop) to runners and dawdlers. It is always amazing how fast some of the entrants manage to cover the distance from the Stiperstones Inn to the Devil's Chair and back!


All set-up ready ... Here they come ...


Kit Inspection, November 19th

Regular equipment inspections are an essential part of being an operational cave rescue team. We check our key items, such as ropes, slings and other PPE equipment every 6 months. Thanks to our volunteers for helping out with this important task.


Part of the kit awaiting inspection. The 'inspectors' call


Shropshire Fire & Rescue Open Day, September 4th

It was a busy (and fun) day today for MCRO at Shropshire Fire & Rescue's open day at Shrewsbury Fire Station with various displays by the Fire Service and plenty of would-be cavers trying out the cave 'tube' and squeeze box ... no rescues were necessary!


Visitors exploring a SFRS Tender MCRO 'Cave'

Testing the MCRO 'Cave' MCRO 'Cave'

The MCRO 'Display' team

Team members and MCRO display at Shrewsbury Fire Station Open Day


Mitton WI - Thai Cave Rescue Talk, 21 July 2022

Emma and MikeMCRO Warden and BCRC Secretary Emma Porter and Team Chair Mike Clayton received a very warm welcome on the evening of the 21st at Mitton WI, Stourport.


They shared the story of their roles in the successful cave rescue of the 12 young boys and their football coach from Tham Luang Nang Non Cave in Thailand. Thank you so much for the donation and the delicious cakes.


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.



Queen's Platinum Jubilee Medals

Twenty five Midlands Cave Rescue volunteers are honoured to be recipients of the Jubilee Medal in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. The medals were presented by the Assistant Chief Fire Officer for Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service, Simon Hardiman, on the iconic bridge at Ironbridge, Shropshire.


Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation is made up of local, experienced cavers and mine explorers who are willing to voluntarily assist others who may be lost or injured in the caves and mines of the West Midlands, Shropshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire and the Thames Valley. Our remit for rescue extends to any underground void (excluding coal mines) and also covers crag rescue and land search. Team members are all volunteers, on call 24/7.


In the last few years, as well as rescuing people and animals locally, team members played a key part in the cave rescue of the football team in Thailand and the 54 hour South Wales cave rescue in November 2021, the longest recorded underground stretcher carry in the UK.


Thanks to English Heritage for permission to use the Iron bridge and Giga Images for the photos.

Platinum Jubilee medals

Team members with Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Simon Hardiman (left) on the Iron bridge. (Picture: Gigaimages)


BCRC AGM Weekend April 9-10, 2022

This weekend, five members of MCRO joined representatives of cave rescue teams across the UK for a weekend of training, discussion, socialising and the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) AGM in the beautiful Peak District at Buxton.

Caving club bunk house

On the Saturday the BCRC was officially presented with the new heated casualty jackets and casualty bag (for use in stretchers) by the kit sponsors the British Caving Association (BCA) and Subterranea Britannica.

Presentation of CasBag and jacket

Representatives of BCA and Subterranea Britannica presenting the casualty bag and jacket to BCRC teams. (Picture: Paul Taylor)


Multi-team Training, March 27, 2022

Some of our team members attended an excellent multi-team training day organised by Severn Area Rescue Association. Great to meet up with other teams, practice existing skills and learn new ones ... helicopters, stretchers, handling casualties, and the highlight was learning about victim recovery dogs, used to detect victims of drowning. Thanks to SARA for a really informative and enjoyable day.

Stretcher support

Getting to grips with a stretcher wheel. (Picture: Emma Porter)


Sharing Knowledge, 5th-6th March 2022

It was all about sharing our knowledge over the weekend in the Mendips. Our Chair & Training Co-ordinator provided an equipment inspection course to students attending the Southern Council of Higher Education Caving Clubs (SCHECC) regional meet, and our Comms Officer demonstrated our microHeyphones at Mendip Cave Rescue's stone mines training day.

Equipment inspection

The SCHECC Equipment inspection course - practical. (Picture: Emma Porter)

Mendip Comms workshop Stone mine training day briefing

The MicroHeyphone during the MCR stone mine training day. (Pictures: I.A.Cooper)


Winter Training Day, 27th February, 2022

We were finally able to met at Arco Professional Safety Services training centre, Eccleshall (formerly Total Access) for our annual winter training session, making use of their excellent facilities and rope access workshop. After a gap due to COVID it was great to finally be able to meet and brush up on 'rusty' skills. See the Training page for a little more detail.

Arco Professional Safety Services, Eccleshall