When will it stop raining? Visit to friends and the ARCC

Yesterday was a day of catching up with friends, Wendy who lives near Elgin and myself met for breakfast in the bothy cafe in Burghead and caught up with all the news. Wendy is such a great friend who lost her husband Eric Hughes last year. Eric who was my old boss in the Mountain Rescue in my early years at RAF Kinloss and looked after us so well. It is great to see how good Eric’s friends are always keeping an eye on Wendy and looking after her, true friendship. Later on I was at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness visiting Joss Gosling one of the RAF Kinloss Team who was on the Lancaster crash call-out in 1951 and a another hero of mine. Joss is recovering from a major operation but was looking well  and hopefully will soon be back in Fort William. He was full of stories and such a great character with so much knowledge, we sorted the world out. It rained the whole way, heavy, heavy rain to Inverness and I got soaked just getting out of the car at Inverness. There is a no shortage of water in Scotland.

I then headed to Aviemore to see Ned and go to a leaving party in Granton On Spey for one of the guys “Navy Dave” who I used to work with. Davy was the sole Navy man who worked in the ARCC and is now retiring and leaving the Service. He was a great guy to work with and his knowledge of the sea and the Navy were invaluable in the Rescue Centre and will be sorely missed. It made me look back in my time in the Rescue Centre and once I got the hang of the technology it was a wonderful place to work.  It was such a great place to be and most of the time you never knew what may happen, every day was different. I was very privileged to work with some incredible people who had flown helicopters, been winch men or were involved in Maritime Rescue. Most were experts in their fields and we had some incredible days. Tasks were so varied from rescuing  people from boats, on the hills , searching for missing vulnerable people,aircraft crashes, to moving sick children to hospital. Job satisfaction was at times incredible but sometimes I came back after a 13 hour night shift completely spaced out. My last job was to move a very young baby from hospital in Leeds to London on a wild night by helicopter.It all went well through the night and the baby had the transplant and lived. A great feeling that you were part of a team that achieved that result. The doctors, nurses, ambulance-men,  helicopter crews, coastguards all working together to save a  life, incredible. Also the contact with other country’s  SAR agencies was incredible,the  casualty always came first a unique thinking when National interests could be put aside.    It just shows what we have in the UK and we should be proud of what we can achieve. I wonder what will happen to this unique facility in the future?

The ARCC This Centre exists to assist in the saving of  life through the efficient co-ordination of information and assets. Worth knowing?

The Aeronautical Rescue Co – ordination Centre  (ARCC) at Kinloss.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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