The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team will have an extra vehicle at their disposal during the Tour de France weekend, after Huddersfield dealership Rocar Moores confirmed they would be loaning the team an extra Land Rover while the Tour passes through the region over the weekend.
The brand new short wheelbase Land Rover Defender has been specially fitted with a ladder and roof rack, and a Mountain Rescue livery has been applied.
The Huddersfield dealership has long supported the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, supplying and servicing vehicles. Antony Kidger, General Manager for Rocar Moores said: “We like to work closely with the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team and support them in the work they do. We are proud to be able to help them out over the Tour de France Weekend be placing an extra vehicle at their disposal.”
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team will be playing a crucial role in supporting the 60,000+ visitors expected to converge on Holme Moss over the weekend.
The volunteer team has mustered 50 members to have a permanent presence on the hill during the weekend, and has been out surveying the area for possible trouble spots ahead of the big day, as well as planning its communications network and sourcing extra medical supplies.
The team will be running operations from inside the transmitter compound at the summit, with members deployed along the route to assist if anyone gets into difficulties on the day. Further team members will be based at Emergency Service hubs in Holme Village and Huddersfield Police Station.
The extra vehicle from Rocar Moores will prove invaluable for moving team members and equipment around over the weekend.
Other local businesses are also offering generous support to the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue over the weekend – recognising the work the volunteers carry out.
Holmfirth restaurant Soul Kitchen has offered all members of the team free takeaway food for the weekend, stating: “It’s going to be a tough job for you guys, and we’d simply like to say thanks from us!”
A spokesman for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team said “It’s amazing the generosity people are showing us and the efforts they are going to in order to help us out. It will be a long weekend, really we can’t possibly say how it’s going to pan out but it is certainly going to be memorable, and we want all the visitors to be able to come and enjoy it in safety. If we end up not having to do anything, then that’s the best result for everyone, but we are planning our presence up there to offer the best assistance we can if we are needed.”