Providing search and rescue in the south of West Yorkshire

Holme Valley MRT

Providing search and rescue in the south of West Yorkshire

Holme Valley MRT

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

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 assist the police.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team has an average of 66 callouts per year supporting West Yorkshire Police, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and neighbouring police forces. 

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 occur in rural lowland areas such as parks, woods and farmland.

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Joining the team

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team welcomes applications from people wishing to join the team as a hill member or as a supporter- people who wish to support in other ways.

Supporting the team

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team is a charity supported by donations and receives no direct funding from any official source. You can support us via donations or other methods.

Contacting us

If you have any general query or would like to request our attendance at an event please contact our secretary. Media enquiries should be made to our press officer.

Calling the team out in an emergency

If you need to call us out for you should dial 999, ask for the Police and then ask for Mountain Rescue. Unfortunately we can’t accept call outs from members of the public by any other method.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team in action

Our latest news and callout updates

Call out 4th April

Call out: 4th April 2024

The team was called out on the evening of 4th April to rescue a male mountain biker who had fallen off his bike on a track on the moors above Marsden. The casualty had suffered a hip and arm injury and was hypothermic. In extremely heavy rain we located the

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This exercise enabled us to brush up on the skills that we make use of in these situations as well as helping the other agencies to practice working alongside us.

Preparing for fire season…

On 16th February 2024, the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team was involved in a multiagency exercise with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and the National Trust (GMFRS) in preparation for the wildfire season ahead.

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Going out? Be AdventureSmart...

Incoming helicopter support

The moorland sections of our area are extremely beautiful but are also often bleak and inhospitable.  Weather conditions can change quickly and, when low cloud develops, navigation in our featureless landscape can be very difficult. A day’s walking can quickly develop into an epic.

To avoid getting into difficulties ask yourself three questions before you set off on your walk:

  • Am I confident that I have the knowledge & skills for the day?
  • Do I know what the weather will be like?
  • Do I have the right gear?

These questions are at the heart of being #AdventureSmart – a hill safety initiative supported by Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

Read more about moorland and mountain safety in this short guide.

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