Mountain Rescue teams from all over Ireland will be attending a training exercise in County Waterford this weekend.
The event takes place at the Ballymacarbry Hiking and Community Centre tomorrow and Sunday.
Jimmy Barry is PRO of South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association: “We’ve invited them down to stay in Ballymacarbry, in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains. Saturday is a training day, we’ll mix up all the teams that come down. Hopefully around 80 or 90 mountain rescue team members will be there for the weekend and on Sunday there’s a large scale exercise in the Comeragh Mountains as well.”
Jimmy Barry says they regularly train in the area. He says the facilities in Ballymacarbry “are second to none”.
On Saturday Teams will be split up into mixed ability groups with training delivered as a series of round robin exercises, offering hands-on and real time training opportunities to all participants. A relaxed atmosphere will be created to allow all participants to learn and share experiences in a safe learning environment.
On Sunday a large scale incident will be simulated to offer all Teams the opportunity to participate in the coordination and response to a multi team and multi casualty incident.
Pictures: South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association via Facebook