Hebsar are not hanging about

Team Member Roddy Murray practicing his rope work: Bhaltos.

Team Member Roddy Murray practicing his rope work: Bhaltos.

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When it comes to Training, the Hebrides Search and Rescue Team are most certainly NOT hanging about.

Since February this year, the team has been introduced to the Coastguard Helicopter, carried out Radio Communication training, gained hands on experience with the MacInnes MK6 Stretcher and other specialist medical equipment in addition to the weekend outdoor training sessions.

In February, team members received training in the use of the ICOM Radio equipment by a member of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

This is a vital piece of personal equipment so that the Team can stay in contact during a call out. Whilst the MRC of S provide the basic radio equipments, the Team is expected to purchase addition kit to enhance their performance.

Early March saw the team receiving familiarisation training on the S92 Coastguard Helicopter at Stornoway Airport.

All this the training proved invaluable. The next time we saw the S92 was on a call out to Benbecula a couple of weeks later when some of the Team boarded the aircraft in Stornoway and Harris.

The radio training was also put to task during the search.

HebSAR has also seen seven new aspirant members

Interested in becoming a Team Member? Contact team leader Mike Walker at: {mailto: mike@wyvis.go-plus.net|here}