The electricity network operator, Western Power Distribution (WPD), recently donated equipment to Derby Mountain Rescue Team to help the voluntary emergency service to carry out its vital role.
WPD, who are responsible for electricity distribution across the Midlands, South West and South Wales, donated over £900 to the team to allow them to purchase a number of “casualty bags”, vital in keeping casualties warm during rescues. The bags, which resemble fleece lined sleeping bags, are carried by search parties when looking for missing people or when attending an injured person in remote areas. Someone who has been injured and stationary outdoors for some time will inevitably be very cold, even on fairly mild summer days and the rescue team will try to warm them up as soon as they are located, using a casualty bag and an emergency shelter, known as a kisu.
WPD’s Patrick Bates, the Distribution Manager for Chesterfield and Mansfield, met with Derby Mountain Rescue Team members to present the newly purchased kit at one of their substations, where several team members were able to try the new kit out for the first time. He said: “The Rescue Team do a fantastic job and we were only too pleased to support them by donating lifesaving equipment.”
Kevin Corcoran, from Derby Mountain Rescue said: “We’re very grateful to Western Power Distribution for their generous donation. The harsh environment we operate in means we have to replace our equipment very regularly and this can be a very expensive process. These casualty bags will allow us to keep our casualties warm in the cold outdoors for years to come”.
The photo below shows Western Power Distribution Manager Patrick Bates (right) presenting one of the casualty bags to one of Derby Mountain Rescue’s founding members, Robin Knott, whilst other team members try out the bags for size
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