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Scouts: Exploring to the Extreme

posted 24 Mar 2012, 12:37 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:01 ]
Scout with Mountain Rescue Landrover
You've decided to explore the wilds of Northumberland, prepared your route and equipment thoroughly and headed out to the hills. Despite the hard work before the event, something goes wrong, the weather turns unexpectedly, who you gonna call?

This week Rachel and Tony from the North of Tyne Search and Rescue Team visited Scouts at St Andrews to share some of their rescue stories and to show off the specialist equipment they have at their disposal.

Scouts were amazed to learn that the mountain rescue service is an entirely voluntary organisation and is funded by charitable donations rather than government support (and immediately volunteered the 3rd Washington leader team to do a fundraising marathon to help!).

Having explained how the team works, how the team members are on call 24/7 and how thorough the training schedule is, Rachel and Tony brought in the equipment from the Land Rover to show scouts.
Scouts testing leg splint

Scouts unpacked all of the gear and got to try constructing the stretcher (which folds down to be carried on the back of two team members), testing vacuum mattresses, (which inflate to ensure that the casualty is secure) as well as looking at defibrillators and pulse monitors.

Huge thanks to Rachel and Tony for giving up two Tuesday nights to come and talk to us. Photos from the night are now online in the photos zone.

Scouting aims to help young people develop as citizens and members of the local, national and international communities in which they live. Through visits, scouts have the chance to meet people who make a positive contribution to society either through their work or as volunteers.