A communications training evening in Eastwater Cavern has been planned for Monday the 30th October. All are welcome to come along and experiment with the Cave-Link and Nicola 3 radio units that the MCR has available to us. Meet at the Belfry at 19:00 to walk across to Eastwater Cavern, and it would be helpful if you inform Estelle, our comms officer if you are planning on attending so that she can gauge numbers and plan the evening accordingly.

A MCR training event was held on Monks Park mine on Saturday 16th September 2017. The training scenario involved having an overdue party lost in the mine, which included one person who had suffered multiple injuries requiring the use of a stretcher to extricate them and one person who had suffered minor injuries and was able to walk out when assisted by rescue team members. This rescue practice also included the successful use of the Cave Link underground communication system, demonstrating that this underground communication system works well in these stone mines when a good earth connection is found (or created using a bucket of water to damp the terminals!). During the course of the rescue scenario, a SARCALL log was created and the surface control team ensured that this was regularly updated. Some more photographs from this rescue practice can be found on our Facebook page. Our thanks to all at Hansons, and in particular the mine manager Gary Sales, for allowing us to use the mine for this training scenario.

Monks Park mine
MCR rescue pracice in Monks Park mine

A training evening centred on Goatchurch Cavern in Burrington Combe. Meet at the carpark by the toilets at 19:00. This training event is open to all.

A training evening with sessions on stretcher familiarisation and stretcher packaging. Meet at the Belfry, the BEC headquarters at 19:30. This training event is open to all.

A training evening with talks on the dangers of CO2 and the use of CO2 monitors, to be run by Aubrey Newport and Stuart McManus. The MCR monitors will be available for people to practice using them. Meet at Upper Pitts, the Wessex Caving Club headquarters at 19:00. This training event is open to all.