Mountain rescue team hunts for extra help
The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) is actively recruiting new members.
Successful applicants will receive a year of training in search skills, radio communications, pre-hospital medical care, technical rescue skills, working with helicopters and winter skills before graduating to the call-out list.
Once on the call-out list, the team’s highly-trained volunteers respond to incidents at the request of the emergency services when the team’s specialist skills are required.
Calls for assistance include not only searches for, and rescues of, walkers, fell/trail runners, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the uplands of Northumberland, but also the search and rescue of missing children and vulnerable adults in rural and urban settings.
NNPMRT provides a search and rescue service for the whole of the Northumbria Police area, which covers 2,159 square miles – the largest area covered by any mountain rescue team in England.
Last year, the team responded to 56 incidents, its busiest year on record. The incidents included 23 searches for lost or overdue walkers and vulnerable or despondent individuals, 20 rescues for climbers, fell/trail runners and horse riders, and two resilience incidents to assist those affected by flooding.
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The team relies on the diversity of its volunteers’ locations and working patterns to provide a reliable service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The team is particularly interested in receiving applications from those living or working in the Wooler, Alnwick and Rothbury areas and along the Tyne Valley west of Newcastle, including the Bellingham area.
Those wanting to apply should be physically fit and confident in their own ability to navigate safely, settled in the region and aged between 18 and 70 for insurance reasons.
To apply, please email the team’s secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form, which should be completed and returned no later than the end of February.
Interviews and an initial hill skills assessment will take place in April.