As most of you know, CVSRT is made up of specially trained volunteers from the community – all unpaid, all giving their time freely. We are committed to ensuring that the team is fully trained both physically and mentally prepared to support the community and emergency services, as well as our fellow mountain rescue team members.
On Tuesday 4th December, CVSRT welcomed several guests to The Rescue Post to share knowledge and recount their experiences from a variety of situations.
First up was Inspector Neil Taylor for Calderdale District of West Yorkshire Police, who came along to raise awareness for Dementia and concluded with a presentation on The Herbert Protocol. Dementia is a condition, which has no barriers, it affects men and women of all backgrounds, young and old. CVSRT are often called to support the emergency services, so it is very important for our members to recognise the signs and symptoms of dementia and know the appropriate actions to take to deal with the immediate situation.
West Yorkshire Police often call the team for assistance with the search for vulnerable missing persons. People go missing for a huge number of reasons. The Herbert Protocol is a national scheme being introduced to West Yorkshire Police and other agencies to encourage carers to compile useful information, which could be used in the event of a vulnerable person going missing.
Carers, family members and friends can complete in advance, a form recording all vital details, such as medication required, mobile numbers, places previously located, a photograph etc. In the event of your family member or friend going missing, the form can be easily sent or handed to the police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information. The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a War veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.
CVSRT then welcomed Colm Farell and Counsellor Brian Turner from ‘Stamp Out Suicide (SOS)’ to talk to the team about the service they provide. SOS is a free phone line counselling service that is accessible to anyone in the UK and is there to support anyone with suicidal thoughts. Suicide is not something that hits out at any one select group of people, it can affect anyone, young or old, day or night.
As a team, we work closely with the emergency service in a variety of sensitive situations, which often include dealing with a high risk vulnerable person in their darkest moments. Being prepared for such situations and knowing how to approach and talk to a person with suicidal thoughts is crucial to achieve a successful conclusion and find the professional support the individual may need.
Concluding the training evening, CVSRT member Gary Smith shared information on Trauma Risk Management (TRiM), which is a peer support system designed to identify people (fellow team members) who may be at risk after a traumatic incident.
Like we mentioned at the start, CVSRT is made up of specially trained volunteers from the community… members of the community from a variety of backgrounds and professions, who don’t deal with traumatic incidents in their daily lives. TRiM is a confidential process, which ensures that members are signposted to professional sources of help.
CVSRT always strives to provide the best possible support to the community and the emergency services, however the safety and mental wellbeing of all our members is paramount.
To learn more about any of these topics, please follow the useful links below.