Stafford Quarterly Training Report – Mar 80


This Report resurfaced from amongst the many documents in the joint MRS/MRA archive that was commercially scanned to PDF in 2021. It was then converted to MS word by Terry Tomlinson.


MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM – QUARTERLY TRAINING REPORT                                      RAF form 4427
                                                                                                                                           (Rev. September 1970)
                                                Quarter ending: – March 80

From: RAF Stafford                                                                         To: Ministry of Defence (Ops(ESR)b(RAF))
                                                                                                             Through Group and Command HQ.
PART 1 – Training Exercises

Date of ExerciseDay/NightNumber of Personnel on ExerciseBrief narrative
9 Dec – 1 Jan4 days11Tatham Bridge – Yorkshire Dales: Navigation Exercise, Hill Walking.
4 – 6 Jan2  “10Dolgarrog – Snowdonia: Navigation, Hill walking and communications.
11 – 13 Jan2   “10Broughton, Southern Lake District: Navigation, Communications, area familiarisation.
18 – 20 Jan2   “16Foxhouse, Peak District: Navigation and communication, Cliff Rescue Techniques.
25 – 27 Jan2   “16Sedbergh-Southern Lake District: Navigation, communication and area familiarisation.
31Jan – 4 Feb5   “16Glenmore, Central Highland, Scotland: Winter snow and ice climbing techniques, stretcher lowering and cross-country skiing.
8 – 10 Feb2   “15Dolgarrog – Snowdonia: Navigation exercise, hill walking.
15 – 17 Feb1 Night
1 day
14Foxhouse – Peak District: Night Navigation Exercise, Cliff Rescue Techniques.
22 – 24 Feb2 day11Grange, Borrowdale: N West Lake District: Navigation communications and rock climbing.
29 Feb – 2 Mar2 day11Tatham Bridge-Mid Pennines: Navigation, communications AEA Familiarisation.
7 – 9 Mar2   “12Foxhouse – Peak District: Navigation, stretcher lowering, cliff rescue techniques.
14 – 16 Mar2   “15Dolgarrog – Snowdonia: Navigation and rock climbing.
21 – 23 Mar2   “13Dinas Mawddwy, Mid Wales: Navigation, stretcher lowering and rescue techniques.
28 – 30 Mar2   “14Grange, Lake District: Hill walking, winter mountaineering and rock climbing.



PART 2 – Incidents

Date of Call OutDuration (Hours)Number of Personnel on Call OutBrief narrative
 Nil   



Part 3 Personnel

Total in TeamNumber of party leadersNumber partly trainedNovicesNumber due for descreening in next 3 monthsVacancies in next 3 months
21710415


PART 4 – Mechanical Transport

TypeEstablishmentDeficienciesServiceable or Unserviceable
Bedford RL 4X4 7.6 tonOneNil26 days U/S
Landrover TCV 1 – ¾ ton 4X4OneOne22 days U/S
Landrover TCV 2 – ¾ ton 4X4OneNil8 days U/S
Landrover Ambulance ¾ ton 4X4OneNil15 days U/S
Landrover RVT ¾ ton 4X4OneNil3 days U/S

Reasons for deficiencies or unserviceability:
Serviceability this quarter has been poor to routine and major servicing on two land rovers and an engine replacement on Bedford R/L. the delays were caused by the non-availability of spares. The situation was not as serious as it appears, however, as the MT Sqn was able to supply the team with substitute vehicles.

PART 5 – General Remarks
By NCO i/c Team
Training this quarter concentrated mainly upon Winter Mountaineering, snow and ice climbing and casualty evacuation applying winter climbing techniques. To experience the ideal conditions the team spent 5 days in Scotland which was invaluable. Two team members attended the Annual RAF Mountain Rescue Winter Course as pupils and attained A2 and B1 passes. The team enjoys a high standard of fitness and morale and is now developing experience in depth.
                                                                                                                                                               May
Signature………………………………………Name & rank……M F H Taylor Sgt…….Date………7 Apr 80……

b. By Officer i/c Team
I agree with the remarks of the NCO IC Team. Due to the continued stability of team manning, levels of experience have improved significantly. Furthermore, the onset of spring weather has encouraged several airmen to apply for trails as prospective team members. Although there were no call-outs during the past quarter  team spirit has remained high.


Signature………………………………………Name & rank…… S F Finney  Flt Lt ….Date………23 Apr 80………

c. By Station Commander

The team continues to perform with its traditional enthusiasm and fitness, and it is encouraging to see that recruiting is once more buoyant.

Signature………………………………………Name & rank……J C De’ath  Gp Capt ….Date………14 May 80…………
d. By Group or Command MR Representative



Signature………………………………………Name & rank…………………………………….Date………………………………

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