This week’s #TuesdayTraining during #StormBarra was a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) following on from the previous weeks training at our rescue centre. Team Doctor Becs and Team Paramedic Darren went through the intricacies and importance of a thorough primary survey, and the need to consider the 4 Ts and Hs in casualties with severe trauma, and how this could lead to cardiac arrest.
Three hill teams left Four Winds carpark to search for a walker who had not returned from a trip around North Hessary Tor, Kings Tor and along the Princetown tramway. While searching one team came across a member of the public who had found the missing walker.
The missing walker had taken a significant fall from the edge of the quarry, and although conscious had suffered a number of traumatic injuries. Casualty Carer Colin and Team Doc Becs attended to the walkers injuries, stabilising the casualty for extraction from the moor. The other hill teams converged on their location for likely evacuation by stretcher.
In a real callout speed is of the essence, so when the team is presented with a casualty with significant trauma getting them stable is the first priority, followed by getting them off the moor. We train for this weekly to keep our skills sharp for when they are needed.