One day we’re in The Cheviots guiding lost walkers off the hill, next day we are on the banks of the River Tyne working with Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service on a joint exercise.
The joint exercise involved in water and bankside searching for five contractors who had gone missing when the scaffolding on the railway bridge they were working on collapsed.
Both services co-located at Warden and established a shared incident command. Mountain Rescue water first responder teams and Fire & Rescue Swiftwater Rescue Technician teams were swiftly (pardon the pun!) deployed.
The five contractors were all located in under an hour and a half, and evacuated by stretcher, boat and 4×4 vehicle to awaiting ambulances.
Date: 09 February 2017
The Team was alerted in the early hours of this morning by Northumbria Police to assist in the search for a vulnerable male in his early 90s from the Westerhope area of Newcastle. He had been last seen at 12.30pm yesterday leaving his house by a neighbour.
Along with North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team, we coordinated an initial limited response. Our search and rescue dog and handler, and one search group were to focus on high priority wooded areas and linear routes. The groups were to work alongside a Police cadaver dog and other resources on the ground. The Police helicopter had already overflown the area.
As the search groups were being deployed the misper was thankfully found, safe and well, in the centre of Newcastle.
The incident involved 7 Team members for 3 hours 30 minutes.
A big thank you to all of our supporters who helped raise £3,500 for new equipment for our Level 2 Water First Responders, Level 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicians and Level 5 Water & Flood Incident Managers.
We would also like to thank Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team who very generously donated Personal Flotation Devices and other equipment which was surplus to their requirements. Their donation has enabled us to distribute kit to individual Team members as well as to retain a number of sets on our vehicles.
A fun afternoon was spent sorting out all the kit!
Further funds are required for additional dry suits and training for more Team members. It costs nearly £1,000 to train and equip one Team member ready for the next flood event in our operational area.
If you would like to make a donation please click on the link below.
The busy period for our volunteers in the run up to Christmas continues. Late yesterday night the Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were requested by Northumbria Police to assist in a search for a high risk missing person. The 15 year old male was last seen earlier in the day.
As our overhead team was being briefed by the Police Search Adviser, the missing male was located safe and well outside of the immediate area. A swift and positive outcome.
The incident involved three Team members for 36 minutes. A further 15 members were on standby.
Northumbria Police requested the assistance of North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team and ourselves yesterday evening to assist in the search for a high risk 51 year old male in the Houghton-le-Spring area.
A search plan based on missing person data and other available information was agreed by our incident controllers with the Police Search Adviser, before the two Teams were called out.
Soon after our vehicles and Team members arrived at the RV, the missing person returned home. Seemingly our presence had helped to flush him out!
A good ending. Most Team members were also back home just before midnight for a few hours sleep before work today.
The incident involved 18 members for 2 hours 40 minutes.