Training 03/03 | SAR

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This week’s Tuesday training organised by Richard was a rather fresh, but thankfully dry evening at Norsworthy. The attendees were split into three teams and given a map which had highlighted three areas and instructions to search for four casualties. 

The first search area was a woodland part of the arboretum. Teams used the lollipop technique to search along the main and side paths. The first casualty was located who turned out to be having a diabetic episode. The Casualty Carer for the team treated the patient and the radio operator fed back the information to control. Richard had then deviously organised for that Casualty Carer to become the next casualty. He advised them secretly that the scenario had triggered a flashback to a traumatic event in the past. They were instructed to become withdrawn and act very out of character and see how long it took before the rest of the team noticed. This was a very thought-provoking and insightful turn of events for all three teams. 

The next search area had a very topical theme, and a casualty was located with what turned out to be Covid-19. Each team had a Healthcare Professional and it was interesting to see how best to deal with that type of scenario. We had been advised not to use the radio in this instance to contact control which kept the element of surprise for all teams. 

A line search was conducted for the third and final area and a casualty was found. For each team, they had been advised to act out a different trauma under the guise of falling whilst out walking on the moor. They were treated and again the information communicated back to control. 

It was a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable evening. Thank you to Richard for organising and also a big thank you to the casualties.

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