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The station crew on Antarctic stations need to provide emergency response teams to attend several different types of emergency situations. One of these is search and rescue (SAR) emergencies.
On Macquarie Island, possible SAR emergency situations include rescuing an injured person from a vertical or near vertical slope. This means our SAR team must be trained in the technical aspects of setting up a vertical raise or lower system for a stretcher, and this week our field training officer Ian has been training six of our winter expeditioners in this technique. Initial training was carried out in the comfort of our library and green store, and then culminated in a rescue scenario on North Head.