Rescue training carried out at Scottish lighthouse

The training exercise took place at Eilean Glas Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides and involved a Search and Rescue aircraft with HMCG and NLB rescue teams The training exercise took place at Eilean Glas Lighthouse in the Outer Hebrides and involved a Search and Rescue aircraft with HMCG and NLB rescue teams
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The Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) has joined forces with Her Majesty's Coastguard (HMCG), a section of Maritime & Coastguard Agency, to practice vital casualty rescue training that could save lives in an emergency.

Their latest training exercise took place at Eilean Glas Lighthouse on Scalpay in the Outer Hebrides and involved a Search and Rescue aircraft with HMCG and NLB rescue teams.

“Any rescue operation can be time consuming and physically demanding and in this situation rescue teams may also have to cope with challenging terrain and bad weather conditions,” said Peter Fleming, Health and Safety Advisor and NLB’s project lead.

“It is therefore essential that NLB rescue teams gain experience in using the specialist equipment and in rescue techniques and we are delighted to be associated with HMCG in this joint venture.”

Important practice

Mr Fleming explained that training exercises like these are vitally important – not only to practice as much as possible in case the real thing ever presents itself but also to validate what the rescue agencies do in a safe environment.

“This latest exercise was an excellent example of two agencies working together to test the effectiveness of both our emergency procedures,” he said.

“And while we hope we’ll never need to use these skills in a real-life situation, it is universally accepted that following traumatic injury, there’s a high chance that prompt medical treatment may prevent death.”

By Anne-Marie Causer

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