A new £58,000 response vehicle is now in the hands of the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team, following a six-week conversion programme carried out by Burnley-based Pickup Systems.
The new vehicle joins the Team’s other vehicles, a Land Rover Defender 110 and a Movano van, which is used to control incidents.
Originally purchased for £30,000 from R N Golden Ltd, the Isuzu D-Max Yukon 2.5 underwent an extensive fit-out to make it suitable for the specialist requirements of the mountain rescue environment.
- Fitting of full emergency warning sirens, lights and equipment;
- Fitting of a 2.5t winch;
- Upgrading to 3.5t payload with an adjustable air suspension system;
- Installing digital radios and 4G Internet access and WIFI;
- Adding a compartmentalised custom-designed rear payload to carry equipment and a stretcher.
The conversion programme cost a total of £28,000.
Full under chassis protection work was provided by RN Golden prior to the vehicle being sent to Pickup Systems.
Funding for the vehicle was totally from donations, for which the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team is extremely grateful. The largest donor was R N Golden, with £10,000 donated towards the initial purchase. The Isuzu and Hyundai dealer is situated in Lepton, Huddersfield.