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February Avalanche Ex 2019

February was a quiet month in terms of callouts for the team, but plenty of training was undertaken which kept us busy. 

The month started with a full scale avalanche response scenario run from Glenshee. Whilst some team members put their shovelling skils to good use creating an 'avalanche tip', others ran through the various skills required for an avalanche response so that they were fresh in their minds, ready for the upcoming scenarios. The first scenario tested all levels of seniority within the team with hill leads being drip fed information about the incident and then having to respond and react to what they were being told. Once briefed and ready, a hasty party of team members set off at fast pace for the grid reference they had received so they could be first on scene and feed information back to those getting the rest of the response kit ready and beginning the walk in.

The hasty party commenced their tasks in searching the tip for any clues and transceiver signals, along with search dog Jib who searched the area under the watchful eye of her handler. They discovered two casuaties with minor injuries who reported one more person in their party missing. On arrival the rest of the team were tasked to various areas of the tip to investigate clues and begin a structured and systematic search of the area with transceivers, probes and shovels in order to locate the final casualty. The 'casualty', our avalanche dummy 'Ruth' was located and a first aid scenario was carried out before ending part one of the day.

The second scenario followed a similar pattern to the first, however we were treated to a visit from Glenshee avalanche dog Bodie and her handler. Bodie is the UK's first full time avalanche search dog and it was a great experience for the team to work with her and Jib in one day. An extremely worthwhile day for all involved with the weather treating us with sun and a heavy load of snow from the night before.