EIGHT people have become qualified mountain rescuers after passing the casualty care course led by Snowdonia mountain rescue team.

Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team said the individuals who completed the casualty care in mountain rescue qualification are now "the best trained 'civilian' first aiders out there," equipped in areas such as individual casualty assessment, management of multiple casualties, triage, major incidents and issues around patient consent and ethics.

Volunteers at the mountain rescue team, who carry out the free-of-charge training and examination in the Llanberis area, provide helicopter and vehice-based emergency rescue services on a range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park including Snowdon, Lliwedd, Garnedd Ugain, Crib Coch, Yr Aran, Moel Eilio and the south side of the Glyderau.

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The casualty care course covers areas such as individual casualty assessment, major incidents and consent and ethics. Picture: Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team/Facebook

A post on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page said: "We had a further eight team members pass the Mountain Casualty Care in Mountain Rescue qualification. The final assessment is the culmination of many months of training.

"We're very lucky to be supported by our medical officer, team doctor and their colleagues who provide a fantastic level of expertise to our team members who are now some of the best trained 'civilian' first aiders out there.

"Running a course of this complexity has proved to be a real head-scratcher this year and we would like to recognise the fantastic support we've received from Boulder Adventures, Llanberis who generously provided their grounds, catering and classroom facilities free of charge."

For more information about the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team visit http://www.llanberismountainrescue.co.uk