What do we do?
THE TEAM RESPONDED TO 53 INCIDENTS IN 2019
Although the team’s primary role is search and rescue from the Pennine moors and crags, the specialist equipment and skill-set necessary for Mountain Rescue is frequently deployed elsewhere on incidents “closer to home”. The team is routinely called in by West Yorkshire Police to assist with missing person searches - particularly in cases involving the elderly or vulnerable, or children.
The team is also regularly called in by Yorkshire Ambulance Service to assist with casualties in remote or difficult to access areas - such incidents may be less than 100m from a paved road, but terrain or conditions require specialist equipment and techniques - or just strength of numbers - to extricate a casualty.
Similarly, when severe weather conditions impede the progress of the regular emergency services, Mountain Rescue teams make up a valuable part of the contingency planning. Snow, heavy rain, exceptionally poor visibility and severe flooding are all scenarios where the specific skills and equipment of Mountain Rescue teams can be brought to bear.
Throughout the UK, Mountain Rescue teams are included as a valuable part of civil contingency planning, on call in the case of a major incident. Holme Valley MRT regularly trains with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as a part of emergency planning for a possible rail or canal incident in Standege Tunnel, the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in the UK - which terminates a few hundred metres from the team’s base in the Pennine village of Marsden.
The team’s base, Emergency House, is a former fire station building, purchased in 2015, which provides garaging for two emergency vehicles, as well as a control room, training facilities, a small kitchen and storage and drying facilities for specialist rescue equipment.