To provide specialist First Aid, Rescue and Recovery training for Nepalese Scouts who deployed during the 2015 earthquakes saving many lives and reuniting loved ones with the deceased. Secondly to establish three Immediate Response Rescue teams equipped and trained to ensure their effectiveness should another disaster occur.
About the project
I am Craig Borthwick, Police officer, Explorer Scout Commissioner, Duke of Edinburgh Award leader, Dad of two, Husband to one and former Scottish Mountain Rescue Training Officer and Team Member.
I run Venture Medical UK, a specialist first aid training company, and every year we volunteer our training free of charge to an organisation that could benefit from it and help save others lives. It’s our way of giving a little back to the world and as former rescuers ourselves, rescue is where we think we can make the most impact.
In 2013 and 2014 I travelled to Indonesia with one of our instructors, and together we trained more than 90 of their volunteer rescuers who respond to tsunamis, earthquakes and floodings. We ran several two day courses covering remote first aid and rescue and recovery of casualties. Some of these individuals were the first responders into Aceh, the area most affected by the Tsunami of 2004 and their stories were both heartbreaking and inspiring in equal measure. Training using interpreters with three different local dialects and languages was a bit of a challenge though!
We have this time turned our attention and efforts to Nepal and the tragic disaster that struck them in 2015. Following the devastation in April, the Nepalese Scout Association swung into action and during the disaster and it’s aftermath some 2600 Scouts deployed to assist in rescue and recovery operations as well as delivering supplies, equipment and medical aid throughout the country. They collectively assisted in the rescue of over five hundred individuals.
Our plan is to take a team of four of our instructors and assistant instructors, who are themselves Scouts, to Nepal for three weeks in April 2016 on the anniversary of the earthquake. There we will deliver specialist remote first aid, rescue and recovery training to approximately 100 Rover Scouts and Leaders in order that when disaster strikes again they will be well trained to assist in the life saving operations. We also hope to establish three fully kitted Immediate Response Rescue teams in the three regions of Nepal where we will deliver our training.
Uniquely, you can pledge your donation and then follow our training right through to completion, seeing exactly the difference YOU have made to the people of Nepal.