Scottish Mountain Rescue Training Conference 2016

Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR) held the annual training conference at Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre, near Aviemore. Over 100 rescue team members from across Scotland attended and took part in workshops and exercises.

The weekend began with mountaineer Sandy Allan speaking to a packed lecture theatre about his ascent of Nanga Parbat’s Mazeno Ridge.

training-conference-group-shot-lo-resSaturday’s activities consisted of different workshops such as Avalanche Rescue, Personal Protection Equipment, 4×4 – Off Road driving, Search Management, Casualty Care, Rigging and Social Media. SMR were very privileged to have a visit from Bristow’s crew, landing Coastguard Rescue S92 helicopter at the venue.

On Sunday, members took part in a training exercise based on a real rescue scenario, putting into practice what they had learnt on Saturday. The simulated rescue was announced on Sunday morning when members coordinated and planned the rescue of a large number of casualties in the Cairngorms. Their skills and knowledge were put to the test and the training exercise was completed successfully.

The training conference was a very positive weekend of learning, looking at new techniques and equipment, bringing together team members from all across Scotland to share ideas and knowledge.

Our thanks to UKSAR Volunteer Training Fund, Glenmore Lodge, Bristow Helicopters Limited, Keela, Mountain Equipment, Backcounty Access, Blizzard Survival, Bridge Systems and everyone who attended for their contributions and for making the weekend a success.

Also see #scotrescueacademy on social media for further coverage from the weekend.

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Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003