Calshot RNLI and Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service joint training exercise
Volunteers from Calshot RNLI took part in a simulated medical training exercise with members of Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service on Sunday 29 January.
After locating the casualty on the shore three volunteer lifeboat crew members went ashore to simulate administering first aid and stabilising the casualty until he would have been handed over to the ambulance crew.
The casualty was a member of the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service who, along with colleagues was interested in seeing how the RNLI perform medical rescues.
Once back at the station there was a debriefing from all involved.
Nathan East, Calshot RNLI helm, thanked everyone who took part in the vital training exercise and said: 'It is always beneficial to do these training exercises especially with the casualty being someone other than another crew member as the third party feedback really helps assess how prepared we are for the real thing.'
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