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    Thursday, 09 October 2014 12:54

    Multi agency response at Hackney Marshes

    A major multi-agency search and rescue for four people from an inflatable boat, a drunk man staggering into marshes and a teenager falling off a bridge took place last night – but it was all part of a training exercise.

    volunteer rescuers including Dartmoor Rescue and the RNLI  join forces at Newton Abbot for search and rescue exercise

    A major multi-agency search and rescue for four people from an inflatable boat, a drunk man staggering into marshes and a teenager falling off a bridge took place last night – but it was all part of a training exercise.

    Organised by Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton, the exercise took place at Hackney Marshes, Newton Abbot, and involved multiple casualty scenarios that were spread throughout the marshes.  Personnel from the Ashburton team participated and they worked alongside Teignmouth Lifeboat, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Water Rescue crew, Exmoor SRT, DSRT Plymouth and Devon Cave Rescue throughout the exercise

    Alec Collyer, chairman of the Ashburton team, said: “We try to do an exercise like this to get involved in real life scenarios, and we like the Hackney Marsh area as there are lots of places to hide ‘casualties’ in. We organise multi-agency search and rescue exercises (SaRex) with other agencies that we can potentially work alongside during real incidents. This type of training is very important in that it helps the understanding of the capabilities of each of the organisations involved, and promotes good practise and team working.”

    A lot of the success of the event was down to the volunteer casualties as Alec pointed out. “Without the people who volunteer as casualties, these events just wouldn’t happen. We are very grateful to them all for helping us out on what turned out to be a wet and stormy night.”

    The evening was deemed a great success with one participant saying ‘It was an excellent well organised exercise. Apart from having a good time I also learnt some new skills and gained a better understanding of how the other teams function.’

     

     

    Organised by Dartmoor Search and Rescue – Ashburton, the exercise took place at Hackney Marshes, Newton Abbot, and involved multiple casualty scenarios that were spread throughout the marshes.  Personnel from the Ashburton team participated and they worked alongside Teignmouth Lifeboat, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Water Rescue crew, Exmoor SRT, DSRT Plymouth and Devon Cave Rescue throughout the exercise

    Alec Collyer, chairman of the Ashburton team, said: “We try to do an exercise like this to get involved in real life scenarios, and we like the Hackney Marsh area as there are lots of places to hide ‘casualties’ in. We organise multi-agency search and rescue exercises (SaRex) with other agencies that we can potentially work alongside during real incidents. This type of training is very important in that it helps the understanding of the capabilities of each of the organisations involved, and promotes good practise and team working.”

    A lot of the success of the event was down to the volunteer casualties as Alec pointed out. “Without the people who volunteer as casualties, these events just wouldn’t happen. We are very grateful to them all for helping us out on what turned out to be a wet and stormy night.”

    The evening was deemed a great success with one participant saying ‘It was an excellent well organised exercise. Apart from having a good time I also learnt some new skills and gained a better understanding of how the other teams function.’

    Photos from last night's event is below.

    RNLI and Dartmoor REscue volunteers attend to a casualty during a rescue exercise at Newton Abbot

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