The team also have water asset and this Saturday it was there training day. The members assemble at 08:30 AM at the Rescue Center. After loading the needed kit for the training at the Rescue Centre, they make their way to Lopwell Dam.
Before going into the water, we revisit some knots that we use when working in and around the water. After everyone did their knots and learned some nice ones for some of the members is was time to get in our drysuits for MOD3/SRT and flood suits for the MOD2.
The MOD2 were task with crossing the river, and the MOD3 were doing the safety for this crossing as the MOD2’s are not buoyant. They need to return before the halfway point as it was getting too deep. The MOD3’s did some swims across the river, and some rescue swims before the next tasking.
The full team was tasked to go across the river with the shed and all equipment needed for evacuation. Four SRT’s make the first journey with all the needed equipment on return from 2 team members. Unfortunately, a medical emergency happens in the shed with a member falling into the water. The SRT’s dealt with this before transporting the MOD2 over to the other side.
As the big sheld is new to the team, the SRT’s did some more training on when the sheld turn-upside down on turning it back up and get back in the shed.
Three of the SRT’s were flooding around in the river for the MOD2 with assistance from the other SRT to rescue using the shed as they want to become SRT’s in the future, so this was a good learning moment.
A big thank all the members of the public that were out on paddleboards and kayaks to work around us, and a big thank you to Alex for the great training.