The practical sessions included correct use of radios, call-signs and radio etiquette, plus the passing of complex messages - which mainly seemed to involve sending Lebanese names and address correctly!

Picture 3: Practicing passing complex instructions over the radio.

Practicing passing complex instructions over the radio

Paul Taylor, from Gloucester CRG, also introduced the T-card system used by them for incident control. This was put in to practice in the afternoon to control the 'larger' stretcher hauling exercise.

Pictures 4: Introduction to the use of T-cards for surface control team.

Introduction to the use of T-cards for surface control.

All Pictures: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings.

On Saturday 25th July, 2009 nineteen members of SCMC, Dudley Caving Club and Gloucester Cave Rescue Group met at Ruiton Mill, Dudley for an MCRO rescue practice.

A series of activities were planned for the day, ranging from talks ("a victims point of view" and radio etiquette) to practical sessions. involving rescue radios, pitch rigging, hauling and stretcher handling.

Hauling a stretcher up the outside of the mill

Pictures 1: Stretcher hauling.
Pictures 2: Stretcher packing!.

Learning how to safely move a victim into a casualty bag and stretcher

Report by: Kelvin Lake