Mountain Rescue: Training Handbook for Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Teams

Author: 
Ministry of Defence
Year Published: 
1968

Table Of Contents

ORGANISATION

Handbook

Development of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service

Search and Rescue Organisation of the RAF

RAF Mountain Rescue Service

Role

Team Personnel

Composition of the Team

Team Administration

Duties of the Nucleus

Annexes

A—RAF Mountain Rescue Areas

B—Application to Join Mountain Rescue Team

MOUNTAINEERING

The Components of Mountaineering

Navigation Equipment

Map Work

Land Forms

Types of Terrain

Mountain Paths

Visual Route Finding

Blind Route Finding

Mountain Weather

Preparation for a Mountaineering Expedition

Pace

Crossing Rivers and Streams

Bivouacs

Survival in Winter Conditions

Judgment: The Margin of Safety

Leadership

Conclusion

ROCK CLIMBING

The General Idea

Attachment to the Climbing Rope

Gloves and Safety Helmets

Climbing Ropes

Belay Slings and Belaying

Some Standard Definitions

Techniques

Detailing a Climbing Party

Choosing a Climb

Before the Climb

The Climb

Style

Belaying

Managing the Rope: Communications Between Climbers

Running Belays

Types of Hold

Climbing Problems and Methods

Moving Down

Abseiling

Self Rescue

Grades of Climbs

Some Climbing Principles

The Margin of Safety

Annex

A—Rope Knots

SNOW AND ICE CLIMBING

Extra Equipment for Snow and Ice Conditions

Ice Ax

Crampons

Snow Shoes

Skis

Extra Clothing for Winter Snow and Ice

Use of the Ice Ax

Movement Over Snow and Ice

Kicking Steps in Snow

Traversing Snow

Cutting Steps in Snow

Descending Snow

Cutting Steps in Ice

Climbing in Snow and Ice Conditions

Belaying

Ascending and Descending

Cornices

Avalanches

Glissading

Precautions

Annexes

A—Notes on Frostbite and Snow Blindness

B—Summary of Winter Climbing Techniques

CAMPING

General Requirements of the Site

Pitching Camp

Care of Tents

General Points

Cooking

Disposal of Waste

Latrines

Open Fires

Camping Behavior

Annex

A—The Country Code

SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS

Responsibilities

Reading States

Call Out

Preparation for Action

In the Field

Final Action at Base Camp

Search Planning

Search Operations

Searching with Aircraft Aid

Search Dogs

Aircraft Crashes

Crash Location

Casualty Evacuation

Security Guard

Photography

Stretcher Evacuation

Stretcher Loading

Stretcher Carrying

Stretcher Lowering

Reporting Procedure

Relations with the Press

Annexes

A—Mountain Rescue Callout Form—Aircraft Incident

B—Mountain Rescue Callout Form—Climbing Incident

C—Use of Helicopters for Mountain Rescue

D—Recovery Equipment

E—Stretcher Lowering

F—Pulley Rescue Techniques—Vertical Raising

G—Report A

H—Form R

TRAINING

Introduction

Training on the Field

Climbing Parties

Combined Operations

Local Knowledge

Training Plans

Annual Courses

Team Leaders Course

Qualifications

COMMUNICATIONS

Introduction

Visual and Audible Signals

Annexes

A—Operation of Mountain Rescue Radios

B—Frequencies and Callsigns

C—R/T (Voice) Procedure

D—Signaling Codes

GENERAL EQUIPMENT

Scale of equipment

Care of Equipment

Boots

Clothing

Getting Wet

Rucksacks

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

Kernmantle Climbing Ropes

Lowering ropes

Slings

Karabiners

Pitons

Rubbers/PAs

Mechanical Aids

FIRST AID IN MOUNTAIN RESCUE

Introduction

Essentials of First Aid

General Instructions

Asphyxia

Hemorrhage

Shock

General Fractures

Burns

Head Injuries

Spinal Injuries

chest Injuries

Internal Abdominal Injuries

Pelvic Injury

Fractures Femur

Frostbite

Annex

A—Hypothermia

CIVILIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE ORGANISATION

Mountain Rescue Committee and the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland

Rescue Posts

Equipment

Checking the Kit

Reports on Accidents

Civilian Mountain rescue Teams

The Police

Notes: 

Info for the newer edition (1979)

Format: 
Book
Type: 
Guide
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