Mayo Mountain Rescue team to ‘Moonlight in Mayo’

Posted in Connect on March 29, 2018.

Mayo Mountain Rescue which is one of the busiest teams in Ireland are running a fundraising event to coincide with the full moon on Easter Saturday to raise funds for First Aid equipment.
‘Moonlight in Mayo’ takes place on Saturday, March 31 along the Letterkeen Loop near Newport and the moonlight walk is described as a ‘dynamic unique experience for participants’.
Mayo Mountain Rescue is one of the busiest mountain rescue teams in Ireland with over 50 callouts on average per year and last year responded to 42 callouts, excluding the extra 15 callouts on Reek Sunday.
Members of the team volunteer their time for free and fundraising is essential for the team to be able to provide this free voluntary emergency first-aid response service. With the increasing number of callouts, the Mayo Mountain Rescue Team, has to ensure that the first response First-Aid medical bags are kept replenished throughout the year to meet the large number of callouts.
Rob Hunt, Team Leader of Mayo Mountain Rescue Team, said the Letterkeen Moonlight Walk will bring participants through some of the most beautiful trails in Ireland
“We aim to bring people out on a night walk, something they wouldn’t normally do on their own, challenge people just a little and all under a moonlight sky, with the guidance and expertise of Mayo Mountain Rescue. We will safely navigate groups through some of the beautiful landscape this county has to offer whilst also raising vital funds for our team,” he said.
All team members are trained to Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) Level 3 and 4. A selection of the First-Response members undergo an intensive six-day Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician training every year. Mr Hunts said that financially, this is a significant ongoing cost to the team but is vital in ensuring our team members can provide the very best first-aid, to someone in need in the mountains of Mayo.
“Our First-Response team have to carry the First-Aid kit, including oxygen bottles and environmental protection equipment, up the mountain to the casualty. Then the stretcher party bring additional first aid equipment up the mountain including extra oxygen bottles, if required. The aim is to provide first-aid to the casualty and ensure they can be extracted from the mountain as soon as possible after the team’s arrival.
“Lifesaving equipment like oxygen bottles cost money but are essential in providing first-aid to a casualty on a mountain in often difficult terrain and weather conditions. In effect, the team are providing pre-hospital emergency first-aid care to a casualty before handing them over to a HSE ambulance or Coastguard Helicopter for onward transport to a hospital for medical treatment,” he said.

For more information visit on the Moonlight in Mayo walk visit the Facebook page Moonlight in Mayo – Mayo Mountain Rescue Team.

27th March 2018

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