Due to the forecast of heavy and persistent snow over the start of March, the team were put on stand-by to assist the emergency services. Over a period of three days (and nights), crews of 4×4 drivers and medically-trained team members were deployed at strategic points around the county to respond to incidents where needed. Over some shifts we weren’t needed, but during busy periods at the height of the snow disruption both Land Rovers were in demand responding to incidents. From midday on 1st through to the morning of 2nd, teams dealt with numerous incidents, including:
- Rescuing a young family (with four-week-old baby) who had become stranded in a snowy valley near Caerhays Castle, safely transporting them home. This was far from straightforward and required the use of the team Land Rover’s snow chains and winch!
- Assisting police to transport a vulnerable male back from Praa Sands.
- Searching for and locating a rough-sleeper in woodland for whom concerns had been raised locally. After ensuring he was properly equipped for the conditions he was left to his warm bed.
- Transporting nursing staff from Treliske hospital back to their temporary accommodation at the end of their shift.
- Assisting police to move vital officers between locations at the height of the travel disruption.
- Attending to an elderly lady who had fallen at home and required medical treatment, but was unable to be reached by land ambulance. The lady in question was treated by team medics before being transported to Treliske hospital.
- responding to a male who had fallen on ice near Fraddon but couldn’t be reached by the ambulance service. The male was treated by team medics alongside paramedics who had walked to the scene and was then transferred by team Land Rover to Treliske hospital for further treatment.