Swift water rescue training –> White Water Centre, Llangollen
Before Mr. B joined NEWSAR I must admit I did not really know what Search & Rescue was all about. Who are these people who very generously donate their time (and funds) to provide the Police, Ambulance Service and local communities with a highly competent search and rescue capability that can be deployed swiftly, safely and effectively 24 hours a day, 365 days per year [Yes! I blatantly stole that mission statement off of the official NEWSAR website. All in the name of publicity, of course...].
And so one Wednesday evening in July, we made our way to the White Water centre in Llangollen to watch the 13s (2013 trainees) and others do some training. Maisie and I were nosy hanger-onners while Mr. B rocked up with his NEWSAR buddies to learn about basic swift water rescue techniques.
Mr. B positioned himself nicely in the middle of the shot. Well, he is the tallest by far so not easily missed. You might also recognise super nice Paul off of One Pillock’s Hillocks [his words, not mine!]. Not content with *just* doing search’n rescue, Paul & his gorgeous furry lady Misty also do guided walks and dog searches, something the twins will hopefully get into when they’re a little older and have finished trashing my house ^_^.
Anyway. Here they all are, eagerly awaiting their turn to conquer the water.
The canoes were not involved in the training but provided some entertainment for me’n Maisie when the searchers were being briefed up by their trainer. I am also pleased to report that I have learnt soooooooooooooooo much in the last year that I actually forgot to take millions of pictures off my camera before I came out and not only did the camera run out of memory but the battery didn’t make it either. I ended up missing the exciting part when they were doing rope work and stuff and hopefully learnt another valuable lesson….
And remember kids: what not to wear & do when out & about in a canoe…… #commonsense