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Volunteers learning basic first aid techniques for whales and dolphins and how to use the inflatable pontoon system.

Volunteers learning basic first aid techniques for whales and dolphins and how to use the inflatable pontoon system.

Practical rescue training courses are held every 2 weeks in Gardenstown between May and October.

Practical rescue training courses are held every 2 weeks in Gardenstown between May and October.

The fully equipped rescue team has responded to over 300 calls since the purchase of a dedicated Ambulance in 2004 by CWI.

The fully equipped rescue team has responded to over 300 calls since the purchase of a dedicated Ambulance in 2004 by CWI.

Rescue training with the CRRU

The CRRU taskforce is comprised of an elite team of cetologists and veterinarians available 24 hrs a day to act and advise at the scene of a live-stranding with professional veterinary treatment, refloatation and rescue procedures as required.

As with most emergency situations involving animals, speed of response in a whale or dolphin stranding is of the utmost importance. Once the stranded animal has been reached and its condition assessed, however, a decision making process needs to be followed to ensure the correct choices for the welfare of the animal are made. A lack of information leads to one of two unacceptable situations: the first is where a potential candidate for refloatation is euthanased; and the second, and arguably more serious, is if an animal that should have been euthanased is released and later dies at sea causing potentially greater suffering. In this respect, the CRRU veterinary team aims to ensure that the treatment of sick, injured or stranded marine mammals around our coastlines is carried out to the very highest standards.

In this capacity, the CRRU is committed to ensuring that all persons assisting in this work are trained to the very highest standards, particularly veterinarians assisting in the decision making process. Liaising with the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), Scottish SPCA, HM Coastguard and other local and national animal welfare organisations, the organisation is therefore available to direct this response with dedicated lectures, courses and practical demonstrations throughout the year.

Rescue training courses are held once every couple of weeks between the months of May and October at the CRRU headquarters in Gardenstown, near Banff. These are freely available to anyone wishing to assist the team in this life-saving area of its work.

Simply email us for further details or call 01261 851696.

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