Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures


Think in advance what would happen if you needed to be rescued


Emergency Procedures 

Emergency Procedures



No one goes into the mountains with the intention of ending up in a situation that would require being rescued. However, you have to be aware of what to do if you found yourself in an emergency situation, and how you should react. In advance of your trip, brief someone responsible about what they may need to do in an emergency, your route, expected return time and what to do if they need to raise the alarm, or police phone to confirm details. This person is your Emergency Point of Contact - your EPOC - and they are an important part of your trip to the hills.

Fast forward a situation whereby you get into difficulty on the hill, and you hadn’t let anyone know where you were going. At what point will someone miss you and how will they be able to give any meaningful information to the emergency services? Can you imagine the following... ‘He left at 7am and said he was going to the Lakes, but I don’t know where in the Lakes’. On the basis that something has happened on the hill, it’s going to be a long time before the rescue part of search and rescue comes into play. The first thing the police would need to do would be to find your car, which may then give some clues about where you could be.

So the car’s been found, now several mountain rescue teams have to mobilise and mount a search, most likely in the dark, putting their lives at risk just because you didn’t leave some basic details.

From your perspective, it's the rescue that is important, and anything you can do reduce the search time is a bonus all round. Consider using a satellite messenger in tracking mode, so that your location is known to your EPOC.

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