Litter Operations & The International Sportsmen's Exposition

Monday, January 30, 2012

This month's Mountain Rescue training was conducted at Red Rock and the focus was litter operations.  It was the team's first big training session of the year, so it was time to shake out the cobwebs and get back to work.  For the entire day, team members rotated through the numerous stations that it takes to conduct a mission.  Main line, belay line, haul team, edge person, litter attendant, victim, etc.  Volunteers rotated after every evolution, which meant that everyone had their hands on each station at least twice throughout the day.

Days like these are always fun.  It gets the team working together.  Skills are refreshed and so is team comaraderie.

Here's a shot of the entire team at work.  The haul team can be seen on the far left with the main and belay stations located in the middle.  To the right, the litter attendant is working his way over the edge transition with the help of edge people.  Conducting technical rescue missions is no small feat!

Volunteers are securing a mock victim into the litter and attaching both the main and belay lines to the litter.  Before the victim is sent over the edge, a safety officer runs through everything to ensure that everything is attached correctly.

Belay station attendant ready to start the operation.

Members of the Mountain Rescue Unit will be manning a booth at the International Sportsmen's Exposition this Thursday through Sunday.  The Expo is being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, which is located at 3150 Paradise Dr.  Come down and say hello!

It's $12 to get into the Expo (free for children and military), however, here's a link to receive $2 off of the ticket price.  Use the promo code BLACKDOG when purchasing tickets here.  

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!