All team members undergo regular training throughout the year to maintain their skill levels, being assessed at least every 3 years on key elements of the training and every 2 years in the case of casualty care. Typically, this training consists of one day and one evening session every month with two additional training weekends throughout the year.

Trainees, prior to becoming full members, undergo additional training to bring them up to the necessary standard in addition to joining the full team member training. From first joining the team as a trainee, it takes about 12 to 18 months to become a full team member.

The training sessions vary from exercises of simulated incidents,practical sessions covering specific topics, such as crag work, search techniques, etc., and classroom based training covering operational procedures or medical training. All training is co-ordinated by the Training Officer.

Training is carried out in the following areas:

Casualty Care

This expands from basic first aid to cover the techniques and procedures required in the specialised area of mountain rescue, where casualties may suffer serious trauma and be in the care of the team for long periods of time in adverse weather conditions before an evacuation can be effected. This includes the administration of drugs the use of splints, including vacuum and traction splints, the use of medical gases and the general treatment of the kinds of medical conditions expected in our environment, including head and spinal injuries, limb fractures, hypothermia, heart attacks, etc.


Cragwork covers the use of ropes and belays on crags. This includes setting up lowering and raising systems and techniques for rescuing stranded climbers or evacuating a casualty from a crag face using a stretcher.


The use of the teams specialised stretchers. This includes methods of loading and transporting a casualty, who may be in a difficult location or have spinal or other serious injuries. Also covered are situations such as steep ground lowers, where rope systems need to be set up to get the stretcher off a hill or over a drop.


All team members must be proficient in the techniques of navigation using map and compass under all weather conditions and in all types of terrain, day or night.


The use of the teams 2 way radio system, used for communications to base and to other team members , and also for communications with other teams or emergency services, such as the air ambulance or RAF helicopters.

Team Operations

Covers the organisation of the team, the maintenance and storage of equipment and general operations within the team.

Search Techniques

The various techniques used to search for missing persons in different types of situation.

In addition to the standard training, team members can opt to undergo additional training to fulfil other roles, such as Advanced First Aider or Party Leader.

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