Farewell Dr Tony Jones MBE – a few comments and tributes.

Some Comments on Dr Tony Jones MBE from yesterdays blog.

Doctor Tony Jones MBE

Doctor Tony Jones MBE

“Sad to hear, RIP Tony. A unique and great man, an tireless advocate for mountain rescue across the UK, a huge character who both innovated and pushed boundaries encouraging others to do the same. Outspoken at times but always a pragmatist and no lover of b.s. One of a kind and a real gent, he will be missed by so many. Thanks for your advice and support over the years big man.” Ian Rideout

Peter White – Ex RAF Kinloss/ Glencoe MRT now living in Canada.

“One of those characters that leave a lasting impression. Having only met him a few times, notably while listening to Dr. Ieuan Jones narrating the ‘next slightly gory slide’. I can only imagine how many casualties you have indirectly helped. Thank you Tony, RIP.”

North Wales Police have issued a tribute to the late Dr Tony Jones, north Wales mountain rescue pioneer who passed away last week.

Dr Jones sadly died on Friday, May 6 following an illness.

Deputy Chief Constable and NPCC  Lead on Search and Rescue, Gareth Pritchard said: “Dr Jones was held in extremely high regard by North Wales Police and we were saddened to hear of his passing.

“We are indebted to the hard work undertaken by Dr Jones over many years, and are grateful for his advice and guidance. He will be sadly missed by colleagues at North Wales Police.”

Locally, Dr Jones was a team leader of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation for many years but he also served on regional and national bodies and was chair of the North Wales Mountain Association until 2013.

He devised a series of First Aid courses for Mountain Rescue which were taught to RAF and civilian teams. He travelled around the world with his expert knowledge, organising and lecturing courses relating to Search Management.

Heavy – Looking back at my North Wales days I worked with Tony on many occasions and later as Chairman of the Scottish Mountain Rescue we had a few lively discussions. He was a man I respected and we worked on many call – outs together. I attended one of the early Search Management Courses at Bangor University and we had some lively debates on the way forward. He often visited Scotland at New Year and stayed with the RAF teams.  On one in Scotland when Tony was up visiting he helped me talk to a witness to an accident after we had  searched in the wrong gully due to incorrect information. We found out that he ( the witness) had marked the gully location with an ice axe on the road ( he had forgotten doing it) and we located it that night and recovered the casualty.   I also remember the First Aid Course that they ran they were one of the first purely  for mountaineering illustrated by  an incredible set of slides of actual injuries from an horrific horse but to multiple injuries and “extremely gory slides? They were an eye opener to me at the time and many of the modern Outdoor first aid course have followed there great example.  In all some man and he will be missed.


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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