This weekend the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team hosts the annual Mountain Rescue Ireland Conference in Glendalough, Wicklow. 87 delegates from twelve Mountain Rescue teams will join the team to discuss all aspects of the future development of Mountain Rescue in Ireland. The event will cover a wide range of topics including the use of software such as smartphone apps to aid the location of casualties in the mountains, the benefits of Tetra radio units and increased cooperation with the Garda Air Support Unit.
An important aspect of the event will be the opportunity to network with colleagues from all over Ireland and the group will review lessons learnt from two major incidents which occurred 2011. Local teams will remain operational throughout the conference and if required the team will swop the conference room for the hillside in order to help anyone in distress. In fact all mountain rescue teams in Ireland operate to common standards and are able to work effectively together so this weekend Wicklow will have a larger Mountain Rescue service available than is normally the case.
The event coincides with the release of the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team Annual Report for 2011. The report covers a remarkable year in the team?s development with the highlights including the 70 operations completed by the volunteers, the purchase of a 4×4 stretcher cable vehicle and the rescue of 16 people in a single day last October. The report can be viewed online here:
If you have trouble viewing the report, it can be downloaded in PDF format here: