penrith mountain rescue
Rory, who is Chairman of the APPG on Mountain Rescue, visited Penrith Mountain Rescue’s Tynefield Drive base on Friday to meet with staff, discuss the team’s operations, and talk about their needs to move to a larger base in the area.
Penrith Mountain Rescue comprises a large team of 40 with three vehicles, covering a patch of 2,500km sq – the largest area of any LDSMRA mountain rescue team. Operating from a small 1980s purpose-built building, the large team are no longer able to operate from such a small site. The local MP met with core team members to discuss current operational challenges and to gain a clearer understanding of the group’s needs.
Rory said: “Anyone living and working in the area knows of the excellent work that Penrith Mountain Rescue undertakes throughout the year, whatever the weather or conditions. They perform an incredibly valuable role, and have adapted over their history to continue working from this base. However, like any operation, they have grown and evolved and now need to move to accommodate their very specific needs. They now cover all of the Eden to the Solway in terms of their Swift Water Rescue operations, and need to be able to respond to major incidents. I have pledged to do whatever I can to help.”
Chair John Whittle said: “With such operational frustrations, we have started to address relocating and establishing a new base. We wish to remain in Penrith, but need better access to main roads and roundabouts and bridges. As we want to get it right we won’t be rushing the project, but are delighted to have the support of our local MP.”
Picture attached. Caption, left to right: Rob Holden, Rory Stewart MP, Jane Wise, Nick Verrall, Steve Ullyart and Ian Clemmett (Leader)