The Team is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Following a tragic incident involving two shepherds near Ewartly Shank, a number of voluntary wardens from the Northumberland National Park formed the Mountain Rescue Team in 1965. Since that time the Team has been providing a life saving, emergency service.
To mark our 50th Anniversary we will be launching our “50 for 50” fund-raising campaign. More details to follow.
The Team alongside the other North East MRTs was put on standby by Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) for a water search in County Durham. The Team had one Water First Responder team and vehicle available. Swaledale MRT is now assisting TWSMRT, and we have been stood down. Here’s hoping it is a positive outcome.
A female competitor in the Chevvy Chase sustained a lower leg injury. After leg was strapped by one of our Medics she was able to weight bare with assistance. A slow supported walk off from the top of Hedgehope Hill followed. This was a great relief to the rest of the Team as the alternative was a long stretcher carry!!
Thanks to one of the Northumberland National Park Rangers, the new ‘In an Emergency’ sign is securely fixed to the door of the Auchope shelter on the Pennine Way. Now for the Yearning Saddle shelter.
Today we had the opportunity to thank Northumberland National Park Authority (NNPA) for their generous grant towards the cost of our new satellite Broadband system. Accessing the Internet wherever we are is increasingly important – we need the Internet to view the incident log on SARCALL, to use tools such as SARLOC to help locate lost walkers, to track search groups on the hill and to access up-to-date weather forecasts etc.
Pictured either side of our Team Leader are Tony Gates, Chief Executive (NNPA) and Cllr Glen Sanderson, the new Chairman of the Authority.
The Team has just returned from evacuating an injured runner who was competing in the Hadrian’s Wall Half Marathon. Six miles in the runner had fallen badly and sustained a suspected lower arm fracture. He was given pain relief by the Team’s medic before being evacuated by Land Rover to an ambulance.
Many thanks to High Fell Events and all of the riders who entered the Clennell Colossus mountain bike event. Well done all!
Well done all you Colossus riders who set out to tackle that crazy ride. You have managed to raise £270 which has been donated to Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team. A worthy cause if ever there was one.
In the early hours of this morning the Team was asked to respond to a search in the Crawcrook area for a 71 year old man suffering from dementia, who was missing from home. As one of our Incident Controllers was speaking to the Police, the missing person was thankfully located, safe and well.
This meant that our members and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team‘s members could have an undisturbed night’s sleep!
Day two of the teams outdoor first aid course saw team members outside in a more realistic environment.
All our team members are trained to a high standard and are continuously trained in different procedures and put into realistic situations so they are ready if their skills are ever needed.