Huddersfield New College’s Computing and Information Technology students welcomed Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to the college on Tuesday, 28 March.

The team were here to demonstrate their use of technology to co-ordinate, monitor and record their deployment to emergency rescues. HVMR volunteer team members, Kevin Robinson, Owen Philips and Ben Sheard, who all work within the IT industry, helped to develop the technology the team uses for these purposes. 

During a mock ‘mountain rescue’, the IT students were tasked with finding a casualty on the College’s campus, using the team’s technology, in this instance a half-duplex radio, which enabled them to keep in constant communication with their Commander, directing the tracking. Owen Philips of HVMRT commented, “Excellent communication is at the core of what we do.” Each radio is fitted with a GPS and tracks the team’s movements on OS mapping software. After the IT students recovered their ‘casualty’ and returned to base, they were able to see their tracking route recorded on the OS map.

Kevin Dyson, one of the IT students involved in the exercise, said, “I did not realise there was such a huge reliance on technology by the Mountain Rescue Team and how it is also used to coordinate efforts with other emergency services, such as the Police, and the Ambulance and Air Ambulance services.”

Another IT student, Josh Bolland, concluded “This mock ‘mountain rescue’ was a fantastic team building exercise. The real Mountain Rescue team do a great job.”