- On Saturday the 18th of October the Glen of Imaal Red Cross mountain Rescue Team underwent our team assessment to insure we are fit for purpose. The two assessors for the weekend were Gerry Christy from Kerry Mountain Rescue, current Training Officer of KMRT and Seymour Haugh from Mountain Rescue Scotland , current Team Leader of Borders Search and Rescue Team.
- The process is part of being a member of Mountain Rescue Ireland and ensures all the Irish Teams are fit for purpose. This is done by looking at the Team’s administrative and operational history and current practices. There is then a full exercise on the second day. The Team go through a scenario which replicates the type of call outs they deal with on a regular basis.
- Both the assessors were happy with what they saw on the day and although we are awaiting the official report they confirmed that they had no hesitation in declaring the Glen Team fit for purpose.
The Glen Team provided support for the Open Water Swimmer competition which took place in Glendalough’s Upper Lake this weekend with only a few minor incidents to deal with!
On Sunday 17th of August The Glen Team provided some assistance on the Fr Willie Walsh Walk. On one occasion a young boy was treated for a minor foot complaint before continuing on and one lady was assisted as she descended for a short distance. After a little rest and recuperation she also was able to continue on without any further help.
- Seven of our Team members made the journey to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo this weekend to assist in the biggest annual Mountain Rescue “Event ” in Ireland. Our Colleagues in Mayo Mountain Rescue coordinate the rescue response for the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimmage walk, and rescue team members from across all the other 12 teams in the country send some team members and equipment to assist on the Mountain. The Glen Team are always happy to assist Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.The event is especially useful in allowing us to meet up and work alongside other Mountain Rescue Ireland Teams and emergency services, this is helpful in knowledge sharing and training. The Glen team members on the hill directly dealt with 4 casualties all suffering from minor injuries resulting from trips and falls, and assisted in stretchering off a casualty off after she suffered from low blood pressure.
- However the rest of us weren’t left twiddling our thumbs…it was another busy weekend in terms of response but thankfully nothing of any great note and no serious injuries.
- The Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team are very pleased to announce that registration for Moonlight Challenge 2014, which takes place on the 8th of November, is now OPEN!
- The Moonlight Challenge is an invigorating walking/running adventure through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Wicklow Mountains. The route is approx.27km and the event takes place under a full moon, cloud willing!
- The Moonlight Challenge is the main fundraising event for the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Mountain Rescue Team. It was brought into being in 2010 to assist in raising sponsorship to help construct our Mountain Rescue Base which was completed in 2012. Following on from this, the successful Moonlight Challenge events of 2012 and 2013 helped secure a new mobile command vehicle. Both of these have been significant investments and have been made possible by the enthusiasm and dedication of our Challenge participants.
- The Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team, (The Glen Team), is a voluntary Mountain Search and Rescue Team. We are a unit of the Irish Red Cross Society and a designated 999 emergency resource. Volunteers give their time freely and are available 24/7 365 days of the year, with absolutely no personal recompense. Fundraising takes up a lot of our time and is imperative in order to keep our operation going and our volunteers equipped to deal with all that the mountain and outdoor environs throw at them on a call out.
- Last year the team dealt with a total of 111 incidents which was without doubt our busiest year on record and required a lot of energy from our team to deal with such demand on our resources. Obviously with such demands, the costs for the Team in terms of constant equipment maintenance, replacement and ongoing training are significant. This is why the Moonlight Challenge is such an important event to us and why YOUR participation is so appreciated by all of us in the Glen Team. We hope you realise how thankful we are to you for your ongoing support.
- If you enjoy a challenge this event could be for you! Not only is the event for an extremely good cause, but it is an exciting event, with a new route each year and lots of entertainment and fun filled events along the way! So why not click on www.moonlightchallenge.com or www.wmr.ie and remember the Team will be out on the night to cheer you on all the way to the finish line where a hot meal and warm hospitality will await you.
- Thank you for your continued support.
Hopefully this news coverage will result in greater public funding for the service provided by all 12 of the Mountain Rescue teams throughout Ireland.
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