Training

WMRT Training Exercises



In the River Derwent at Matlock.
Last weekend, five of our team members took part in a water rescue training course. Two were acting as instructors and the other three were students. All of our team members undergo basic water safety awareness training, and this course is the next level of progression from that. It is […]

Water Rescue Training


On Sunday 6th March a number of our team took part in a training exercise focusing on how to rescue a casualty from a crag environment. We met at Langsett at 9am ready to go, and were immediately given the brief that we had been contacted by a walker who […]

Crag Rescue Training Exercise




Mountain Rescue Teams across the country have had a busy December providing water rescue support to the victims of flooding in Penrith and Carlisle early December and then Littleborough, Salford and York over the festive season. Team members also remained back at home to continue to provide support to their […]

Swift Water Rescue Training


The recent hand-over of the RAF Search and Rescue service to a civilian operator, and the consequent change of aircraft has meant that the whole team has had to undergo basic familiarization training so we can work with the new Sikorsky S92 helicopters. The above photograph was taken on a […]

S92 Familiarization



So, the 2nd of these articles about the team’s assessments. Navigation and communication skills. One of our seasoned campaigners has laid out a series of control points (CPs) which we have to individually navigate our way around. It’s an old school nav challenge, using map/compass and skill only, satmaps and […]

Navigation Assessment


Over the last 18 months or so, Woodhead rescue team has gradually developed, tested and introduced ongoing competency assessments for all team members. This series of articles are a sort of personal look at the process, and how it feels. We are to be assessed in 4 of our core […]

Rope Work Assessment


Over the last few weeks the team have been getting some extra rope training.  Today’s extraction was designed to push the rope skills of the team by making them do a multipitch pitch lower of a casualty. The brief was a walker had fallen some where high up on the Pennine […]

Rope Training Excercise