MOTORSPORT RESCUE UNIT

About Catseye Rescue.

The draw of Motorsport is also what makes it challenging – it’s fast paced, high risk and high reward. A loss of concentration for even a fraction of a second can send a car flying off the course, whatever the course may be – a forest or road rally, racetrack, sprint or hill climb event. A crash poses the additional challenge of stabilising the vehicle as well as the patient, so it’s crucial that the Catseye Rescue team are all highly qualified in extrication techniques as used by the Fire & Rescue Services, first aid and the necessary training to assist a paramedic. It’s clear why the unit operates to the stringent standards set by Motorsport UK, the governing body, to ensure they take part in regular training to keep their skills and knowledge up to date.

 

With all this action a possibility, what does a typical day entail? Lee Skilling, team leader at Catseye Rescue, talks us through…

 

“Usually an early start, for me it’s prepping the unit for the event, stocking the team up with food and drink and checking through the paperwork – not the most exciting start, but very necessary! I need to know when we’re signing on, check all our kit is in date and that the hydraulics are working. When we get to the stage we sign on, get the coffee on then it’s time to let the fun begin as we wait for the participants to arrive; there’s usually a whole range of cars like Subarus and Mk2 Escorts. I also like to make sure I cook the team a great meal to keep us well energised for the day – this can be a lot of fun when we’re in the middle of nowhere in a forest!”

 

Lee loves the social aspect of the job, working as a team and building relationships but most of all “going home from the event not turning a wheel as you know everyone made it home safely.”  Read the full Story HERE

 

 

 Catseye Motorsport Rescue carries a selection of hydraulic powered tools that can cut and spread and battery and 220 Volt reciprocating saws that allow us to free a trapped competitor from their car.  This is similar to that carried by the UK Fire and Rescue services.  The medical equipment carried is similar to that carried by an NHS ambulance and includes a defibrillato

 Catseye Motorsport Rescue operates an ex-BARC Renault Master ambulance and is based in Altrincham, the volunteer crew members are based throughout the UK and we train regular.

 

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Catseye Rescue is a voluntary organisation formed in 2018, and currently has 4 active members that operates a licenced registered Motorsport Rescue Unit which provides rescue and medical cover for a wide range of events throughout the United Kingdom.

 

 Motorsport Rescue Units are licensed by Motorsport UK  (MSUK) the governing body for motorsport in the UK. MSUK specifies the minimum levels of rescue and medical equipment that a licenced Rescue Units must carry. MSUK carry out regular inspections of Motorsport Rescue units to ensure that standards are maintained.

 

 Catseye Motorsport Rescue carries a selection of hydraulic powered tools that can cut and spread and battery and 220 Volt reciprocating saws that allow us to free a trapped competitor from their car.  This is similar to that carried by the UK Fire and Rescue services.  The medical equipment carried is similar to that carried by an NHS ambulance and includes a defibrillator.

 

 Catseye Motorsport Rescue operates an ex-BARC Renualt Master ambulance and is based in Altrincham, the volunteer crew members are based throughout the UK.