• Recruiting Now for 2015

    2014 was a good year for us at MVS Northumbria with plenty of training, new committee members being appointed, our first Remembrance Day Parade of Sail and exciting contacts made. You could be part of this growing unit and help the future to be great.

    MVS Northumbria are now recruiting for 2015. We are looking for new members to join our unit to help us progress and further our success. We aim to offer training to all members as well as have some fun too. If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Visit our contact page on the website for details.

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  • DEFRA MOD1 Training

    A fantastic day over at Morecambe Bay Unit on Sunday. Lots of vital life-saving skills learnt by some of our members.

    Members of MVS Units from Menai Bridge, Northumbria and Morecambe Bay gathered in Lancashire at the weekend to undertake Module 1 of the DeFRA Flood Rescue Concept of Operations.

    The FRCO aims to enhance flood rescue capability in the UK by coordinating government departments, blue-light services and other agencies.

    Whilst none of the units attending the training are on the National Asset Register for flood operations, the qualification provides a solid introduction to safe working around water.

    The course includes risk management, hydrology, the physiology of first aid for drowning, hypothermia & cold water shock, and rescue techniques that can be employed from the relative safety of land.

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  • Remembrance Day

    Without wishing to be presumptuous or in any way patronising, there will be those among us who are not familiar with the full story of Remembrance Sunday or Armistice Day.

    Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month," in accordance with the Armistice, signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. ("At the 11th hour" refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 am) World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 28 June 1919.

    The day was specifically dedicated by King George V on 7 November 1919 as a day of remembrance for members of the armed forces who were killed during World War I.

    The First Official Armistice Day was held in the Grounds of Buckingham Palace on the Morning of November 11, 1919. This would set the trend for a day of Remembrance for decades to come.

    The red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in the war.

    The poem was written during the First World War by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow

    Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago

    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie

    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:

    To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

    In Flanders fields.

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