On a hot summer day in the Forest of Dean, the GloucesterShire Cave Rescue Group (GCRG) held one of its 3-monthly training sessions and today it was to be held at ‘Miss Grace’s Lane’ cave, down towards Lydney.
Briefly, the idea was to attend to a casualty (with broken bones etc) at the bottom of the final pitch and to take them out of the cave quickly and safely.
The first team (first aiders) went in to attend to the casualty and establish the situation before then further teams went it to do the following:
1 – establish the Cave Link comms to the surface
2 – get the casualty into the stretcher, ready for moving
3 – move the casualty to the start of the pitches and prepare for hauling out.
3 – while all this is happening, the surface team was setting up the surface hauling kit, including a new piece of kit, the Larkin Frame. This is specifically designed to help haul up casualties from shafts/over cliff edges etc.
Overall, the practice went quite smoothly and the casualty was out after a number of hours (out by about 15:00’ish I think) but there were (as ever) things that GCRG could learn from the experience (this is the point of a practice), minor niggles etc.
Although GSS attendance was pretty good (15 or 16 club members), it was less so from the RFDCC & there were times we could have done with more people underground.
A few photos from the day
GCRG is the only organisation in the county that is able to come to the aid of cavers underground & is made up 100% of volunteers who do this on top of their normal caving activities. GCRG always needs more volunteers to help out and so if you’re not a member but would like to learn a lot of caving-related skills & help put something back into the local caving scene, then please contact Paul Taylor or Pete Turier (or me, Jon Maisey).
The next GCRG training event is on the 4th of September.