MTS rescue crew in simulation spot check

An MTS high risk rescue team recently had the chance to display their skills when a client called for an unannounced spot-check of their abilities.

Our rescue teams are fully qualified with City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Emergency Rescue and Recovery of Casualties from Confined Spaces: Water. They are also certified for First Aid and stretcher rescue.

The MTS rescue team under scrutiny were working at the Southern Water Black Rock site on behalf of CMDP. CMDP is a joint venture between Costain and MWH (a global water and natural resources firm).

As Southern Water’s delivery partner at Black Rock, CMDP wanted to ensure that the MTS rescue crew could successfully carry out a series of practice scenarios without advance warning.

In order to demonstrate evacuation techniques, the team was called upon to respond to three simulations - “man down with an injury”, “man down with gas inhalation” and a “casualty with a spinal injury”.

Using a back board and stretcher to attend to the “man down with an injury”, the rescue team arrived within two minutes and sent the stretcher safely back to the surface. They responded equally quickly to the “man down with gas inhalation” scenario, safely bringing the casualty to the surface after assessing the situation and using umbilical breathing apparatus.

The team carried out the spinal injury simulation at ground level. They placed the casualty on a back board and then onto a stretcher with continual reassurance and explanations of what they were doing and why.

CMDP were pleased with the standards shown in the practice sessions and have stated they are confident in the abilities of the MTS rescue team at Black Rock.

Read more about our confined space entry work at Black Rock

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