Wednesday, 31 December 2014

All present and correct

The team are still catching up on their blog, now that Christmas has passed its time to post a quick photo about the Christmas Presents. We managed to get a photo of Graeme with his presents, he'd already got a bike and a skateboard but was really hoping his last present was a Canoe so that he could join the Water Section.
Graeme was more than ready to open his last present.
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    Tuesday, 30 December 2014

    Winter Wonderland

    As snow covered the country Mountain Rescue teams have been ready to support the Police and Ambulance services in accessing remote and difficult locations. Many teams have attended callouts to stranded motorists, or walkers lost in the white out. The team are very proud of their bigger counterparts and have been doing some patrolling of their own...
    Ian regretted letting Dai drive

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      Monday, 29 December 2014

      Another Post

      The team have all been very good and written thank you letters for the gifts they received this Christmas. Christmas is a very busy time of year for the Mountain Rescue Volunteers as they juggle priorities of family and friends with being on call. Peter even remembered to send a letter to Father Christmas thanking him for the presents, fortunately Sarah was on hand to grab this snap. (Peter doesn't like having his photo taken)

      Peter sending his letter to Santa

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        Sunday, 28 December 2014

        The ADVENTures continue

        It has been a busy time of year for the team with several callouts and preparations for Christmas. Now its time to catch up on our blog! Remember, like the real Mountain Rescue Teams we remain on call and ready to help those in need Three Hundred and Sixty Five days of the year. Our first Christmas memory is from opening the advent calendar, when Robin was very pleased to find a new team member waiting behind the door of day 16.

        The boys were very happy with Day 16's surprise!
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          Friday, 31 October 2014

          Trick or Treat?

          Well it had to be done really. Trick or Treat? 

          If you're feeling in a Treat mood you could sponsor a Mountain Rescue Team.


          Getting ready for Halloween
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            Friday, 19 September 2014

            Skittles fundraiser

            When the team were asked to help out at a Skittles fundraiser for Derby Mountain Rescue Team they jumped at the chance. Making new friends, playing Skittles, enjoying some pub grub, partaking in a cheeky pint and all in the name of charity - what's not to love?! 

            It wasn't until the team got to the event that they realised they weren't playing Skittles... they WERE the Skittles! On the whole there were only a few minor injuries but one team member did have his block knocked off.


            Lego Mountain Rescue Team Skittles
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              Thursday, 28 August 2014

              Follow the Lego(R) brick road...

              The High Sheriff of Derbyshire, David Coleman QPM DL, is 'beating the bounds' of his patch in what he is calling "the High Sheriff's way". A two-hundred and twenty mile (355km) walk around the Derbyshire County Boundary taking in many of the well known Peak District attractions. With sixteen stages over six weeks its definitely a busy schedule but all with the intention of raising awareness and funds for the High Sheriff's chosen charities - the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation(PDMRO) and The High Sheriff's Fund.

              The High Sheriff will be supported by PDMRO (and the Lego Team) but he is also inviting anybody to join him at any time and for any distance. There are still five stages remaining with just under eighty-five miles to go. So why not come and join the High Sheriff this coming Saturday as he walks from Doveridge to Newton Solney.


              the High Sheriff and supporters 'beating the bounds'
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              Friday, 22 August 2014

              Bank Holiday Weekend

              The bank holiday weekend is upon us, why not come and visit both the Lego Mountain Rescue Team and Derby Mountain Rescue Team at Dovedale Stepping Stones on Sunday or Monday and find out more about what the teams do.

              Both teams will be raising money for, and awareness of Derby Mountain Rescue Team.

              At least one member of the team is hoping the weather will be nice enough for Ice-Cream!
              a member of the team collecting suspiciously close to the Ice-Cream van
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              Tuesday, 19 August 2014

              1K Likes

              It's been an odd weekend! Whilst helping out at the the Belper Rugby Rover one of the team managed to grab this quick photo of a fellow team mate and a Jelly Baby. 
              Callout: Whilst supporting the Belper Rugby Rover the team were called to assist a Jelly Baby that had fallen from a runner's hand. The Jelly Baby was evacuated off the road, but like so many others did not last the day.
              Since then our Facebook page followers have shot to over 1,000! To say thank you here is a rare photo of the Lego Team Leader as he updates this blog.
              Thank you for supporting Lego Mountain Rescue


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              Friday, 15 August 2014

              Training at Block-Rocks

              don't le'go
              Like all Mountain Rescue Teams the Lego Mountain Rescue Team have to learn and practice some vital skills. This week the team have been practicing their Single-'figure' rescues. Some teams vary in style and types of equipment used due to the differences in the environments they work in but all maintain the same high levels of skill and safety.

              The standard set up for the team using two ropes lowered over the edge, each with two belay points brought together in 'the big knot'. This allows the casualty to be cut from their system if required and both the rescuer and the casualty to be lowered to safety.








              a little lower
              In today's scenario the team have been called to a fallen climber at Block Rocks near Blocklock. The climber had sustained injuries making him unable to climb any further but also unable to descend, fortunately the team were called, set up their rescue systems and rescued the casualty.

              its a long way down
              the full setup - showing the four anchor points and "big knot"
              the view from the top

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              Sunday, 20 July 2014

              PDMRO 50th Celebration Party

              Team Photo
              This weekend the Peak District Team members past and present got together to celebrate 50 Years of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation at Lea Green near Matlock. It was great to see so many of the teams represented and to have a chance to make new friends. The high ropes, obstacle course, BBQ, live music and team stretcher challenge made it a brilliant day, not even the wet weather could dampen spirits. 

              Naturally the Lego team had to get involved too...

              Team Stretcher challenge


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              Wednesday, 16 July 2014

              Summer Beer Festival

              Last week Derby Mountain Rescue Team were fundraising at the 37th CAMRA Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival and were honoured to be the team for the festival "50 Years of Derby Mountain Rescue Team". As well as a great opportunity to test a large selection of Beer, Ciders and Perries there were also two themed golden ales especially for the event: Derby Brewing Company Heli-Hopter 4.5% and  Clarks Stretcher Case 4%. The team were collecting at the event and received over two thousand pounds which is a fantastic sum.

              The lego team didn't want to miss out on the action so they held their own festival...
              the team fundraising and enjoying the festival

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              Sunday, 6 July 2014

              Down on Holme Moss

              Stage One and Two of le Tour are underway and several Mountain Rescue Teams are on duty including some from PDMRO and have already been having a very busy time. Today is Stage 2 which includes the ride up (and down) Holme Moss. Here is a quick snap from the Tour coming down Holme Moss.


              Never let go

              Saturday, 28 June 2014

              Get on your bikes and ride...

              A strong start for the day
              Today the lego team are showing their support for the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation as they celebrate fifty years of PDMRO and forty riders take on a one hundred and forty-two kilometre ride across the Peak District visiting each of the seven teams on the way. 

              You can read more about the course on the MREW Website.

              The team getting ready to go

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              Saturday, 21 June 2014

              The Fourth Annual Hairy Helmet Relay

              Two of the team sporting their hairy helmets
              Its been a while since we've heard from the Team, but rest assured they have been busy training and honing their skills. The summer's festivities have kicked off this weekend with the team running the Hairy Helmet Real Ale Relay in Darley Park, Derby. The team had a great time and enjoyed cheering on the two teams from Derby Mountain Rescue as well as all the other runners. The team may not have won, but they all enjoyed themselves and were definitely sporting the best Hairy Helmets!
              You can find out more about the race here: http://www.hairyhelmetrelay.co.uk

              Coming this week: The team are out on exercise..

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              Sunday, 4 May 2014

              Mountain Rescue Awareness

              Standing guard on the Land Rover
              As part of the Mountain Rescue Awareness weekend, the Lego Mountain Rescue Team joined Derby Mountain Rescue at Dovedale to help raise awareness and much needed funds. Many people stopped to talk to the team on their way to the famous stepping stones, talking about their history and even snapping a few photographs. Although the team did get to go across the stepping stones they also got to witness Derby MRT help a dog in distress and a family who found themselves the wrong side of a steep crag.

              Some of the Team's new friends

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              Two of the boys crossing the Stepping-Stones

              Thursday, 17 April 2014

              Search Dog Finn

              Today (17th April 2014) is the Sixty-Third birthday of the Peak district - "Happy Birthday!"
              With 1,437 km² of Peak District National Park there's a lot of it to search if someone goes missing or gets lost. Such large expanses often mean a lot of person-power out on the hill searching.
              Search Dog Finn finds an exercise casualty
              For humans to effectively search an area, they need to be lined up so that everybody can see the person (and the ground) on either side.
              There is however a faster, more effective way - Search Dogs. The Search And Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) are often called out to support search teams. As a rough statistic, one search dog (and handler) can cover about the same area as ten mountain rescue team members.

              The search dogs "air-scent", meaning they track the scent/smell of humans drifting on the air. For this reason, they work down wind and other teams keep well out of their way so as not to distract them.The search dog team often consists of the dog, the handler and a navigator (allowing the handler to work the dog). It takes a lot of time and effort, and the right dog, to train a Search Dog and they are a valued and well respected resource.

              If you're interested and want to find out more contact SARDA:
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              Thursday, 10 April 2014

              Swift Water Training

              You might be aware of Mountain Rescue's advanced rope work, first aid and search capabilities but did you know that a lot of Mountain Rescue Teams also have a water section? Well they do!

              This week our Lego friends have been practicing their water rescue skills as part of the PDMRO's Swift Water initiative. The human teams from PDMRO headed out for a training evening at the famous victorian holiday location of "Matlock Bath", practising rescue techniques at the Matlock Slalom on the River Derwent. The lego team got some practice in ahead of time at the lesser known location of "David's Bath", they too practised rescue techniques.

              Pete wondered why it was always his turn to be rescued

              Across the UK and across all agencies (MR, Fire, Police, etc.) there is now a standardised training syllabus and skill set. This enables all emergency services to work together with a common understanding, improving safety and efficiency. The techniques have evolved over the last twenty or so years, with major breakthroughs for personal protection equipment, floating ropes and water theory. These skills allow MR teams to work more safely at water margins and in flood areas, something the UK has seen a lot of in 2013 and 2014.


              The team practising flood evacuations
              Getting ready with the Humans

              It takes a lot of time and effort to train in these techniques, but there is also a certain amount of safety gear required. Sadly in the news this week a sister team "Severn Area Rescue Association" (SARA) had some of their vehicles vandalised and equipment, including a boat, stolen.

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              Sunday, 6 April 2014

              Weekend Special: The 4 Inns

              The 4 Inns is a race/walk (~40 miles) between Holmbridge and Buxton predominantly for Scout groups but also open to the public.

              The Lego Mountain Rescue Team joined around one-hundred other teams and followed team 48 'DMRT Venus' around the course for the day and managed to capture some of the events along the way...

              With a starting time of 0646 there was a last minute review of the route and then time to get some down time and rest.

              Last minute planning the night before 'the off'

              Time to get some shut-eye
              An early start stocking up on energy for the long day ahead and then checking through the kit.

              A good breakfast and a cuppa to start the day.
              Lining up for the kit check
              An hour in and making good headway to the first check point and then onwards to Black Hill and Crowden.
              Crossing the stile in style at Skye
              Having a rest at Soldier's Lump on Black Hill
              Posing by the results board in Crowden
               Up onto the very wet Bleaklow...

              It got very wet on Bleaklow
              Making friends with Group 56 "Georgina's crew" on Bleaklow
              Checking out the wreckage on Bleaklow
              Checking in in at Snake, Edale and Chapel
              A quick re-fuelling at Snake

              Playing with Derby MRT at Edale checkpoint

              'Cheking the Map' at Chapel-en-le-Frith

              Almost home Chapel - Whitehall - the Cat and Fiddle

              A quick stop at Whitehall

              There's always time for a game of pool - at the Cat & Fiddle

              17 hours and 31 minutes later and the team arrived in Buxton, thanks to all the other teams, supporters, organisers, marshals, mountain rescue teams, first aid teams, the checkpoint staff and all those wishing us well.

              A well earned cup of tea
              Time to replenished the lost sugar!
              Thanks for reading!

              For more information about the 4 inns check out the official website http://www.fourinnswalk.org


              A special thank you to Sophie Tunnicliff, Vicky Green, Helen Jefferies and Kaysia Gale for letting the Lego Team join them for the day.