Joining the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team
The team’s most important asset are its members and we are always on the look out for the right people to join us. If you have what it takes we would love to invite you to apply and reap the rewards of being part of a dedicated and close-knit team, providing a life-saving service to those in need.
If you feel you can offer help with fundraising tasks and events to support the team but don’t have the inclination to become a hill-going member of the team, then joining our Friends scheme might be for you.
Being an on-call member of the team can be both physically and mentally demanding, and there is a broad skill-set required to carry out the role effectively. Naturally, we don’t expect everyone who applies to have all the skills to start with, so the team runs an annual training programme designed to teach and assess the specific skills required for mountain rescue, over and above general outdoor skills and competency which we expect of our recruits.
We expect new recruits to:
- have a reasonable level of experience and aptitude in the outdoors, throughout all seasons.
- be suitably equipped for operating in an upland, outdoor environment for lengthy durations in all conditions.
- be able to competently navigate in open country using a map and compass.
- have a reasonable level of fitness to be able to carry out mountain rescue operations, which may involve long periods of activity, and carrying loads.
- have a keenness and ability to operate as part of a team.
In return, we offer:
- a structured training programme, covering more specific skill areas required for mountain rescue, such as search techniques, casualty care, ropework techniques, radio communications, stretcher handling etc.
- role-specific PPE such as helmets, safety glasses, high visibility clothing as required.
- the opportunity to progress through different roles and areas of responsibility.
- an opportunity to be a part of a dedicated team, with a great social atmosphere.
We enrol members from age 16 upwards, although you must be at least 18 in order to qualify and become an active on-call team member. Please note that in the case of junior members there is leeway in our expected levels of experience - we understand that younger applicants may not have had the chance and opportunities to acquire great outdoors experience yet, and we hope that becoming a junior member of the team can help in this regard!
Our members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We understand that individuals may not be able to respond all the time, due to work, family or other commitments, but it is worth having a conversation with your employer and family to judge your likely availability. Having said that, the majority of our call-outs occur when people are in the hills for recreation, so tend to be outside of work hours.
If you believe you fulfil the criteria required, you are welcome to fill out an application form which will be considered by the team leadership. If your application is successful you will be invited to our next induction day - these take place twice yearly, so you may be asked to wait a few months until the next available date.
The induction day will be a chance to meet members of the team and current trainee members, hear a little about what is expected of team members and ask any questions you might have. You will also be asked to participate in a few activities, which are designed to assess the particular skills and aptitude required of team members. If you successfully pass the induction day you will then be enrolled as an aspirant member and invited to commence training with the team.
The team runs an annual training programme designed to cover all the skills required meet the competence guidelines laid down nationally by Mountain Rescue England & Wales.“Passing out” as a call-out member will require you to have been assessed as competent in all areas of the training curriculum.
What's it like being an MRT member?
The video below was produced by Mountain Rescue England and Wales and gives some idea of what it is like to be a hill member of the team: