Unlike other European countries, Mountain Rescue Services within the UK are free of charge, available to all and provided by well trained volunteers who are called out by and work for the police.
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team averages 18 incidents a year totalling about 1000 man-hours of search and rescue provision for West Yorkshire Police.
The team’s immediate area of response is the southern half of West Yorkshire. Although most incidents involve search and rescue on the moors and hills of West Yorkshire many incidents are classed as non‑mountain incidents. These are where the police call the teams in to assist in searches for missing people in rural lowland areas such as parks, woods and farmland these can be where crime has occurred or where crime is not involved but children or people with mental problems such as dementia / Alzheimer’s and depression are lost.
Mountain rescue teams in England and Wales are independent charities gathered into eight regions according to their geographical area of operation. All official mountain rescue teams in England and Wales operate under the auspices of an organization called Mountain Rescue England and Wales of which Prince William became the Patron in 2007.