Mountain Rescue Council (The)
Mountain rescue teams in England and Wales are usually made up from unpaid volunteers. Recruited because they are already competent mountaineers, these individuals then undertake additional training in a number of specialisms: search techniques, stretcher handling, rescue in snow/ice, use of radio, first aid.
The local teams are grouped into regional organisations through which they are linked to the Mountain Rescue Council. The Mountain Rescue Council is the interface with the other organisations and government departments involved in Mountain Rescue: British Cave Rescue Council, Search and Rescue Dogs Association, Police, HM Coastguard, RAF Search and Rescue, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Sports Council.
The regional associations in England and Wales are:
- Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association
- Mid-Pennine Search and Rescue Organisation
- North East Search and Rescue Association
- North Wales Mountain Rescue Association
- Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation
- South Wales Search and Rescue Association
- South West England Rescue Association
- Yorkshire Dales Rescue Panel
In Scotland, local teams are represented by the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. In England and Wales the local teams, the regional organisations and the MRC are all registered charities. The local teams and regional bodies are financially independent and manage their own fundraising. The majority of funding comes from donations and collections.
The multiplying workload, greater expectations of those injured or lost on the mountains plus the increasing sophistication (and therefore cost) of equipment means that there is a constant search for new sources of funding.
For more information about The Mountain Rescue Council have a look at:
The Handbook of the Mountain Rescue Council
Copies can be ordered from:
The Information Officer,
Mountain Rescue Council
8 The Crest
Cumbria LA12 0EH
Tel: 01229 580321
In the event of accident in England, Scotland and Wales you should dial 999 and ask for The Mountain Rescue Service.