RNLI Flood Rescue Team in training ahead of winter months
Members of the Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team met in St Asaph to train with the Cumbria Community Flood Team over the weekend in preparation ahead of the winter months.
Wales Flood Rescue Team volunteers from Rhyl, Aberystwyth and Conwy joined Cumbria RNLI volunteers from St Bees, Siloth and Workington as they practiced vital flooding rescue and safety techniques. Over the two day training exercise they practised wading in flowing water, throw bag techniques, searching techniques as well as vital casualty care training.
Also as part of the weekend the volunteers had the chance to train in evacuation techniques, working out different ways of evacuating casualties from difficult flooding scenarios.
Matt Crofts, RNLI Lifesaving Manager said:
‘Training and learning new skills is vital for every RNLI volunteer. After a busy summer season the training weekend was a great chance for the Flood Rescue Team volunteers to refresh and learn new skills ahead of the winter months. Hopefully the team will not have to put these skills to use anytime soon, however if major flooding happens the team can feel confident in their techniques and ability; but most importantly they will be carrying out rescues in a safe manner and not putting themselves or their team mates at risk in what can be a dangerous situation.
‘We would like to thank Bodryddan Estate for allowing the RNLI to use their land as part of the training weekend. Without the help and support of local communities the RNLI would not be able to offer and deliver such a high level of training for our volunteers’
The charity’s Flood Recue Team are made up of members of staff and volunteer lifeboat crews from across the coast who train in specialist flooding techniques. The Flood Rescue Team are ready to respond and support other emergency services, such as the Fire and Rescue Team, when called to a flooding incident anywhere within the UK and Republic of Ireland.
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Attached are photos taken of the training exercise over the weekend. Credit: RNLI
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