Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team (DWMRT) are delighted to announce the receipt of a grant of €13,500 from the Hospital Saturday Fund (http://www.hsf.ie/about-hsf-charity). The grant has allowed the team to purchase new vacuum mattresses, casualty bags, and automated external defibrillators (AED) for each of its two first-response vehicles. It also enabled the purchase a Blizzard vest for each rescue team member to carry.
“The condition of equipment is extremely important for a busy mountain rescue team,” says DWMRT public relations officer, John Kavanagh. “For us, the safety and comfort of the people we rescue is paramount. Regular equipment checks ensure that all of our equipment is fit for purpose. However, there comes a time when rescue equipment must be retired from active service.”
Vacuum mattresses and casualty bags are used every time the team place a patient in a stretcher. A vacuum mattress provides comfort for the patient, but can also be used to provide full-body immobilisation in the event of a spinal injury. In addition, the vacuum mattress allows quick transfer of a patient to an ambulance or helicopter.
Casualty bags are a lot like a sleeping bag, and insulating the patient during the stretcher carry. When a patient is packaged in a stretcher, movement is limited, so they are unable to generate heat. Protection from the cold is vital for anyone with an injury.
A Blizzard vest is a disposable jacket, insulating and protecting from wind and rain. They are used by the first rescuers on-scene, giving initial protection from the elements to a person in difficulty.
DWMRT would like to thank the Hospital Saturday Fund for their generous grant award. It will help the team in its efforts to provide the best care possible to people in difficulty; saving lives in wild and remote places.