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Man's life saved by AED used for the first time by Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

The Casualty being loaded into one of TVMRTs Land Rover Ambulances Credit: The Casualty being loaded into one of TVMRTs Land Rover Ambulances

An AED was used for the first time (Saturday 28th May) by the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team, to help save the life of a man who was taking part in a Mountain Bike Event after he suffered a heart attack.

He was attended to by an event marshal, members of Tweed Valley Bike Patrol and other competitors who happened to be medically trained after becoming seriously unwell.

Basic Life Support and CPR was given, but within 4 minutes, an AED was used from one of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Land Rover ambulances.

TVMRT were helped by the British Heart Foundation - Scotland in November 2012, to get 2 Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for their Land Rover Ambulances.

The man was then taken by air to the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh where he is said to be doing well.

“Todays incident shows that a combination of basic life support training and having early access to an AED makes a real difference in the short time period after a casualty suffers a Cardiac Arrest.”

– Dr Alex McDonald, TVMRT Medical Officer
The Casualty being loaded into the Helimed Air Ambulance Credit: TVMRT

What is an AED?

An Automated External Defibrillator or AED is a life-saving machine that can give the heart a controlled electrical shock during a cardiac arrest.

For every minute that passes without defibrillation chances of survival decrease by about 10 per cent.

Research shows that giving a controlled shock within five minutes of collapse provides the best possible chance of survival.

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£20,000 of Mountain Rescue equipment lost during storms

Around £20,000 worth of equipment from Mountain Rescue teams across the Lake District was either damaged or lost after Storm Desmond.

The teams played a vital role in helping flood hit communities during the December storms.

The loss of their equipment wasn't covered by their insurance.

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'Busiest year yet' for Kendal Mountain Rescue Team

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Kendal Mountain Rescue Team say 2015 has been its busiest ever year.

Volunteers were called out to 73 incidents over the course of the year - a 20 per cent increase on their previous highest annual total.

As well as carrying out routine mountain rescues the team was heavily involved in responding to flooding incidents throughout December.

“I’m very grateful to the team members and their families for all the time they have put in this year. I would also like to thank all the people who have raised funds or donated to us this year. We could not have responded to all of these incidents without them. In particular, the recent floods show that mountain rescue is so much more than mountains and we are proud to be able to help the community we are part of in whatever we can.”

– Dave Howarth, Kendal Mountain Rescue Team Leader

Lake District MRT teams deployed to flooded areas

Keswick MRT carrying out evacuations in York Credit: Keswick MRT

Lake District mountain rescue team volunteers gave up their Boxing Day celebrations to go across and help communities in Lancashire and Yorkshire who have been hit by Storm Eva causing flooding.

Forty volunteers trained in swift water rescue were deployed with 4x4 vehicles to carry out evacuations and assist the emergency services. The support involved eight of the twelve Lake District teams.

"On Christmas Day and Boxing Day we had more than a hundred team members on standby in case there was further flooding in Cumbria. "When this didn't materialise we were asked to go and assist those communities who had been affected by flooding in Lancashire and York.

"In total we have sent across forty swift water rescue technicians to help with rescues and evacuations.

"These volunteers have given up their Christmas celebrations to help communities in need. I'm proud to work beside them and thank their friends and family for supporting them."

– Richard Warren, Chairman LDSAMRA
Keswick Mountain Rescue Team carry out evacuations in York Credit: Keswick Mountain Rescue Team

All team members have since returned to Cumbria as hundreds of walkers take to fells to make the most of the sunny weather over the Lake District National Park.

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