Rob Messenger uses CSR day to keep people safe
posted by Arco Professional Safety Services
Rob Messenger has been with Arco for 11 years and is based at Eccleshall as a working at height trainer. In his spare time he is also a volunteer in the Derby Mountain Rescue Team which is an entirely volunteer lead and staffed blue light emergency service.
Rob and his team members are on-call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, responding to incidents that the standard category 1 emergency responders such as the police, fire and ambulance cannot respond to, this could include:
missing persons suffering from mental health or dementia
injured persons who are in a location which is not easily accessible to the emergency services
persons who are injured and need carrying to safety
persons cut off due to flooding and many more
This year alone Rob has responded to 2x cardiac arrests, an elderly gentleman who was on an afternoon walk with his family who then had a heart attack, 3 injured/dislocated shoulders, 8 lower leg injuries ranging from sprains to open fractures, 2 fallen rock climbers with major trauma and 6 missing persons and most recently 1 lost walker with severe life-threatening hypothermia.
As part of Rob’s ongoing volunteering, Rob is now training to be a search and rescue dog handler with his dog Ghyll. Rob and Ghyll attend training every Sunday on top of weekly team training and emergency incidents. Once a month Rob and Ghyll also attend a national Mountain Rescue dog training weekend based in one of the UK’s mountainous national parks. From 1– 3 December training will be based in the Lake District national park and Rob will be using one of his CSR days in order to attend.
Follow the link below to find out more about the amazing work the mountain rescue search dogs do to help people across the UK.