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Rescue Station, Houghton-Le-Spring

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We have had a rescue practice at the Houghton-Le-Spring rescue station today. We only found out we were going yesterday so it was pretty short notice. Their was only 3 team members that went this time, Myself, Bob Fitzgerald, and Keith Richardson. The reason for this if the full team went their would not be enough men to run the mine ! The rest of the team go next week.
The Office

The board with all the teams on.

Bob Fitzgerald testing his unit after a rebuild on the testing rig.

The Galleries.
I took my camera (of course) although I did not have enough time to charge the battery up so I only managed a few photos before the battery went flat. I have stopped taking the camera underground as it is taking it's toll with moisture and dust so I have just a few pics of the 'galleries'.
The galleries are the underground section of the rescue station and includes a proper longwall shearer face were we can rescue people, fight fires or just do maintance work. The roadway leading to the face is set at an akward height (for me anyhow) and can be difficult to stretcher people out with the conventional fairly stretcher. A much better method, and I was impressed with it when I first used it, is the 'sked' stretcher. You simply drag the casualty out with long reins although it can be used the more normal way as it also has four handles. It's lightweight and easy to lug about. A good piece of kit.


The roadway leading to the face.
It actually goes under some houses next to the station.

 

 


Taken from the 'fresh air base' looking down towards the next photo and the 'hot and humid' room. On your left is a doorway leading to some low (2'-3') galleries. We have built stone packs and ventilation stoppings in here. There is another one just above this although it is a lot cleaner but still low.
The last photo is a small diameter pipe which we have to get through by taking our packs off and pushing them in front of us.

 

 



Equipment
We have had a rescue practice at the Houghton-Le-Spring rescue station today. We only found out we were going yesterday so it was pretty short notice. Their was only 3 team members that went this time, Myself, Bob Fitzgerald, and Keith Richardson. The reason for this if the full team went their would not be enough men to run the mine ! The rest of the team go next week.

I took my camera (of course) although I did not have enough time to charge the battery up so I only managed a few photos before the battery went flat. I have stopped taking the camera underground as it is taking it's toll with moisture and dust so I have just a few pics of the 'galleries'.


Sabre
SEFA unit with the cover off.

The galleries are the underground section of the rescue station and includes a proper longwall shearer face were we can rescue people, fight fires or just do maintance work. The roadway leading to the face is set at an akward height (for me anyhow) and can be difficult to stretcher people out with the conventional fairly stretcher. A much better method, and I was impressed with it when I first used it, is the 'sked' stretcher. You simply drag the casualty out with long reins although it can be used the more normal way as it also has four handles. It's lightweight and easy to lug about. A good piece of kit.

Old breathing apparatus.

Vehicles

The No 1 van with all the gear on ready for action. You can see the units along the bottom of the van. They have three vehicles on the station, 1 transit, 1 Ford Fiesta type van and a Land Rover discovery. There was only the transit on the station at the time as the other vehicles were away on jobs.