Mendip Cave Rescue held a rescue practice in Swildon’s Hole on Saturday 6th November 2021. This was a full team practice with members working together in their specialist groups. A simulated casualty just above the 20’ pitch was examined and treated by our casualty carers before being packaged into a stretcher for extrication. The ‘casualty’ was then carried along the streamway, where our rigging teams had rigged the old 40’ pitch and water rift traverse all the way back to the water chamber. We ended the practice at the water chamber. Alongside the casualty carers and rigging teams, we also had communications established with the surface using cave link. This was a very successful and professional practice with great teamwork.

 

Lots of equipment to go into the cave Team briefing on the surface Casualty in the slix stretcher

Photographs taken by Greg Brock

Mendip Cave Rescue held a surface training session at Fairy Cave Quarry on Sunday the 27th September 2020. 17 MCR wardens enjoyed a day in the sunshine, whilst practising hauling and rigging techniques, rock splitting and lifting, and some casualty first aid, including familiarisation with the new Slix stretcher.

Preparing the new slix stretcherPreparing the new slix stretcher

Photographs taken by Mark Kellaway

In the new slix stretcherSetting up the Blackhawk jack

Photographs taken by Estelle Sandford

Mendip Cave Rescue are organising an evening rescue practice at Wookey Hole on Tuesday 1st October 2019. The rescue practice will concentrate on rigging aspects for a rescue, and as such participants will require SRT equipment if they wish to be involved with any rope aspects of the session. Clean oversuits are also required. All are welcome to attend this rescue practice - please meet at the Wookey Hole car park at 19:00.

Eleven Cheddar Cave Club (ChCC) members and four Mendip Cave Rescue Wardens took part in a joint rescue practice at North Hill Swallet, Priddy, on Sunday 17/03/19.  The simulated scenario was that a party of cavers had raised a rescue callout due to one of the party suffering a serious fall-related injury at the bottom of the entrance pitch. This session aimed at focusing on casualty care - lifting and packaging an unconscious caver (in this case MCR's dummy) - and rigging two Z-rig hauling systems to the MCR tripod above the cave's concrete entrance pipes. At the debrief, the Wardens were pleased with how the ChCC members had worked as a team.  The club enjoyed the opportunity to visit the MCR store and gain first-hand experience of using the rescue equipment.

Cheddar Caving Club Rescue Practice 1 Cheddar Caving Club Rescue Practice 2

Photographs taken by Estelle Sandford

Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group (GCRG) have been running regular weekend training for years, and they are developing an extensive indoor training area which includes rigging points. GCRG have started to use this by running a couple of evening sessions, with an invitation extended to neighbouring cave rescue teams, combined with the Severn Bridge now being free, a few of the MCR wardens thought it would be good to go along and make use of this facility. On an extremely cold day at the end of February 2019 the facilities provided an excellent location. The training was split into three skill levels with various scenarios. The MCR team focused on stretcher hauling, trying some more unusual techniques that with practice and a bit more refinement may prove useful in the future. This sharing of knowledge while pushing the boundaries is an excellent way for both teams to enhance their capabilities.

Gloucestershire Cave Rescue Group Training Session

Photograph taken by Andrew Atkinson