If you live in an area of Britain with or near a national park the chances are you live in an area with a Mountain Rescue Team (MRT). Mountain Rescue is typically associated with areas such as the Lake District, Wales, and highlands of Scotland, but there are also teams operating in areas such as the South Pennines, Dartmoor and the Scottish borders – all providing search and rescue cover. Emily Thompson is a member of Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and explain a bit more about what MR is and what you need to consider if you want to become and MRT member.
What is Mountain Rescue?
Mountain Rescue refers to activities that involve searching for missing and/or injured people, often in mountainous areas or wilderness environments, sometimes leading to evacuating casualties from remote or difficult to access terrain. It is most often related to walkers or climbers in a hillwalking or mountainous environment. MRT members are usually volunteers who live close to or within a specified catchment of the MRT area. They can be called out at any time of day or night to help with rescue or search activities. Specialist equipment, including helicopters and search dogs, are sometimes used to assist the team in their role, depending on the access and severity of the incident where the callout is made.
Some MRTs also cover urban areas, so search & rescue activities can include a wide range of activities:
- Missing people searches on derelict urban land
- Supporting government agencies in extreme weather, such as floods
- Supporting emergency services at major incidents
- Education & assistance for Duke of Edinburgh participants
- Emergency planning with emergency services
- Rescue cover at public events