Incident 29, Sunday 15th October @ 14:58 – the team were requested by NWAS to assist with the recovery of a teenage male who had fallen down a steep embankment in some dense and inaccessible parkland in Manchester.
After arriving on scene and assessing the situation the team decided it was appropriate to use a rope hauling system to assist in getting the casualty on a stretcher back to the top.
When this was safely completed, the lad was transferred to an NWAS ambulance and taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for assessment.
The incident involved some 7 team members for a total of 2 hours 15 minutes.
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Our little Trainee Poster Boy Dave is certainly making an impression every where he goes. 🐾 ... See MoreSee Less

Allow us to introduce you to trainee search dog Dave who attended his first ever SARDA England national training course last weekend. Dave is owned by handler Mick who is looking to train him over the course of the next two years so he can step into the shoes of Bob. Bob is Mick's current graded search dog who is now becoming a little long in the tooth and approaching a well earned retirement from active service. Dave is quite a handsome little fellow, has bags of confidence and is melting the hearts of admirers in his local patch. He appeared to have had a great time running around, exploring and socialising with other dogs on the course, all being part of his first steps of development towards becoming a graded search dog just like Bob. Dave is a tri-coloured collie born in Ireland in June and adopted by Mick from Eden Animal Rescue Centre near Appleby. Dave and Mick are based in the Peak District and are attached to Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

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Oldham Team member Simon Adams and his Trainee Search Dog Tink have passed an Indication Test set by Sarda England.

The test takes the form of at least four volunteer bodies hiding in deep vegetation 20/30 metres in from a track and spaced at least 100 metres apart along the track

The Handler must not deviate from the track whilst the dog searches the vegetation. On finding the body the dog must return instantaneously to the Handler and indicate.( usually in the form of multiple barks).

Once the dog has indicated the Handler is then allowed to be led to the body by the dog, where the dog is royally rewarded. Be it play or food. This is then repeated for the remaining bodies.

We congratulate Simon and Tink on passing this first of many tests to conquered on their path to becoming a Mountain Rescue Operational Search Dog Team. 🐾🐾
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Details on the SARDA Training held on our patch over the weekend.
We look forward to seeing all the dogs and handlers back here soon.
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Last weekend saw our October national training course held in the Northern reaches of the Peak District at Dovestone Reservoir. Handlers, dogs & volunteer bodies descended on the region from as far afield as Cornwall and Northumberland to attend the three day course that began on the Friday morning. A number of our trainee dogs and their handlers were put through their paces over the course of the weekend with stock & obedience tests for the puppies, indication tests for the Stage 1 dogs, area search tests for the Stage 2 dogs and pre-assessment tests for the Stage 3 dogs. We even managed an operational callout for our graded dogs on Saturday evening to assist the local mountain rescue teams with a search for a missing walker on Bleaklow.

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