Cumbria-based outdoor business Lyon Equipment is celebrating a major success in securing a high-profile training contract with Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW).
Earlier this year, MREW invited tenders to train a group of MREW members to become technical rope rescue instructors in their regions. Lyon Equipment was delighted to learn that its tender was successful, and training will commence in October 2017.
Lyon Equipment will provide four courses, delivered to MREW regions in the South West, South Wales, Pennine/Peak District and North East England.
Rope rescue is conducted by most MREW teams, although the frequency of use of these skills varies from region to region. Teams that use rope rescue skills frequently have well-developed capabilities and supporting training processes. The training provided by Lyon Equipment will focus on regions that use rope rescue skills less frequently. Personnel attending the courses will be selected by their teams/regions, and on completion of the training these individuals will then cascade that training to the remainder of their teams. The aim is that the courses will considerably enhance the technical rope rescue skills of the individuals and teams involved, while also assisting with inter-operability between teams.
Training will be headed up by Lyon Equipment’s Training Manager, Bill Batson MBE. Bill has a long history of mountain and cave rescue and is an operational member of the Cave Rescue Organisation in the Yorkshire Dales. He is also a Search and Rescue Dog handler, currently with two operational search dogs. Prior to joining Lyon Equipment, Bill served with the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service for some 27 years during which time he served as Team Leader and Chief Instructor. In 1996 Bill was awarded the MBE for Services to Mountain Rescue and has also received the MREW Distinguished Service Award. Bill has developed and delivered a range of rope rescue courses for the emergency services, and Lyon Equipment is proud to be considered as one of the UKs leading providers of this specialist training.
About Lyon Equipment:
Lyon Equipment is the UK’s leading specialist outdoor and access gear distributor with offices, manufacturing and warehousing all based in Cumbria. Its agency and distribution division works with many of the world’s leading outdoor brands including Petzl, Beal, La Sportiva, Exped, Julbo and Ortlieb. Its Work and Rescue division provides equipment, training and certification for people working at height and for rescue teams. Lyon Equipment also manufactures flexible sided ladders, rope protectors, lanyards, slings, gear bags, rescue stretchers and caving suits. Employing over 80 people and with turnover exceeding £17m, Lyon Equipment is based in a state-of-the-art facility at Tebay in Cumbria.
The Lyon Equipment Mission: To provide equipment and expertise for people to venture further.