Milestones

1932 - The Rucksack Club and the Fell and Rock Climbing Club combined to form the Joint Stretcher Committee to design a stretcher for mountain rescue.

1936 - The First Aid Committee of Mountaineering Clubs formed  to supervise mountain rescue posts (Renamed to the Mountain Rescue Committee in 1950).

1938 - 1942 first “unofficial” RAF Mountain Rescue Teams in action at RAF Montrose, RAF Millom, RAF Harpur Hill and RAF Llandwrog.

1943 - Flight Lieutenant George Graham is credited with creating the first officially recognized RAF team at RAF Llandwrog in North Wales.

1947 - Coniston Fell Rescue Team ( now Coniston Mountain Rescue Team) the first civilian mountain rescue team in England  formed.

1965 - Holme Valley Moorland Rescue Team formed. It was later renamed Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team at the request of Mountain Rescue England and Wales to assist them establish a “corporate identity” for mountain rescue.

1989 - The Holme Valley Team became a Registered Charity (No. 1015532) to help the Team with vital fundraising.

1991 - The Team is awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation for 25 years of service to West Yorkshire Police.

1993 - The Team became a Limited Company by Guarantee (No. 2764292) to protect members against potential financial ruin.

2002 - Twenty-three members of the team are awarded the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for emergency service personnel.

2006 - The Queens Award for Voluntary Service presented to the team by the Duke of Kent at the team HQ.

2007 - Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team elects Gillian Howarth as the first woman Team Leader in England and Wales.