There have been two IRC training periods in October. One in England and one in Scotland. These occurred only days apart which shows the commitment of the members and their willingness to attend training when and wherever it is being held. The IRC training that we carried out in Scotland was based around the new IRC accreditation. As we are now on the Community Asset Registrar (CAR), this includes us as part of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, (SFRS) turnout system.

The training was carried out at Ratho and the office. The team were involved in a Recce and risk assessment of the latest training site/climbing area, now available to the IRC at Ratho. The team looked at the future scenarios for Rope work in and around the area, and the complex rescues that the IRC rescue teams can train in while attending the Ratho training site.

The team then made their way back to the office and carried out a full function test of all the kit that we use for rope and a familiarisation of the kit. The training ended with a practical session using the Gotcha kit.

When the call comes from the SFRS to assist in a rope rescue job the IRC and its teams are available to attend with state of the art rescue equipment and operators that are trained to the highest level.

Thank you to all who attended. Without your commitment to training the IRC would cease to exist.