Mountain Rescue

rory_mountainrescue_august2012Mountain Rescue is one of only a very few truly great acts of public service. The public loves our volunteers; and Mountain Rescue are true volunteers – unpaid professionals providing a totally free service to our communities. This ethos allows everyone to roam free in our mountains, and this we must preserve at all costs; Mountain Rescue must not become a corporate identity – its local ownership, and precisely its local knowledge and expertise, is what is essential to maintaining this community-based emergency rescue service.

There are 48 Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales, with a further 27 teams in Scotland. Team members are on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Operations demand an extremely high commitment from everyone involved, and a typical rescue may involve up to 20 team members for around 6 hours on average.There are over 1,100 rescues each year in England and Wales, and over half of these occur in the Lake District.

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Rory Chairs NFU Conference

Mountain Rescue

Rory last week hosted a meeting in Westminster of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mountain Rescue, which included presentations from David Allan of Mountain Rescue and James Williams of the Medic Alert Foundation, and a wide-ranging discussion of the problems currently facing Mountain Rescue organisations not only in Cumbria, but across the UK. It was […]