Early Rescue Stretchers

31 May 2016

A dramatic photograph from the teams archive showing CVSRT member Clive Green demonstrating the NOSSAC stretcher and a Whillans harness at Heptonstall Quarry in 1974.

The NOSSAC was named after Don Casson (deceased) who was a team leader in the early days. Don set up a training exercise at Blackstone Edge where he placed himself in one of the narrow "crevasse" holes at the top of the crag. He was a big bloke and the team couldn't get him out!

The NOSSAC stretcher was developed to extract casualties from inaccessible places that couldn't be reached with a conventional stretcher.

Sadly this piece of equipment history has been lost in time, however you can learn more about the teams history here:

http://www.cvsrt.org.uk/support-us/shop/50th-anniversary-booklet

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