Our Blue Light relay
On Saturday 10th June we welcomed the Our Blue Light relay to Derbyshire. The Blue Light Torch is making its way around the north of England helping to raise the issue of mental health and well-being throughout the statutory and voluntary blue light services.
Team Leader Neale Pinkerton and I braved a very wet morning to take representatives from Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue, North West Ambulance Service and Lancashire Police, together with the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, onto the local hills.
The conditions were pretty poor, but it demonstrated the kind of conditions when we are often called upon to search and rescue. It gave us chance to talk about well-being within mountain rescue and the issues our team members can be faced with.
The rain forced us to cut short our walk and take everyone down to our base to get dry and enjoy a cup of tea. Then it was time to head down to the Carnival in New Mills where we were once again involved in the procession. This time we were joined by an ambulance and the Blue Light Torch, before they headed east to hand over the torch to Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
Neil Woodhead, Deputy Team Leader