10 – 12 December 2010 Glen Nevis, Fort William

Christmas crackers!

The weather continues to be very cold, with extensive snow,  especially across eastern Scotland. Getting the dogs and handlers out and used to these conditions is vital for today’s mountain rescue teams and SARDA. The earlier than usual start to the avalanche service ( www.sais.gov.uk ) is a reminder for us all to take care out there.

This weekend the young unqualified dogs went through the first stages of training, including helicopter familiarisation. Other dogs in training were put through their paces in different scenarios around the glen, doing wilderness searching.

Fully qualified dogs assisted Lochaber Mountain Rescue team on a call out.

On Sunday, five dogs and handlers carried out a simulated large scale call out for a volunteer casualty. Andrew, the volunteer, was found safe and well! In these wintry conditions, we are really  grateful for the time these volunteers put in; they are a dedicated band and we very much appreciate their help.

The weekend was rounded off with our Christmas get together at the Achinteee Inn.

Our thanks to them for a great meal and to our supporter, Burns Pet Nutrition, who generously contributed towards the cost.

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