Recent Press Releases
Supported wholly by donations, the Team has continued to
push forward its reputation, with both the authorities and public alike since
its formation following an accident in Teesdale in 1968. The Team's consitution
may be viewed here.
respond to all manner of incidents; ranging from rescuing dogs from mineshafts
to searching urban areas for despondent persons and forensic evidence.
the years, through progressive training and advances in equipment, the Team has
broadened considerably its scope of operations. The use of a dedicated search
and rescue canoe group is only one of many resources that can be called upon by
the Team to deal with virtually any situation. More
information about the Canoe Team can be found here.
Team also has a non-human contingent, in the form of our search & rescue dogs.
The dogs and their handlers are part of the search and rescue dogs association
(SARDA) and provide an invaluable resource to not just this Team but to any Team
that requires their assistance. SARDA Dogs like ours undergo a long and very tough
training and assessment programme, and can increase dramatically the effectiveness
of a search as well as covering large areas efficiently. More
information about our search dogs can be found here.
One feature of the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue
Team that is unique amongst all other SAR Teams is its SAR Youth Team programme.
The Youth Team scheme is open to 16-18 year olds and builds outdoor experience
as well as providing a good foundation on which to build mountain rescue skills,
should the Youth Team Members wish to join the Team as probationary members. More
information about the Youth Team can be found here.
Media links to our
work may be found on the callouts page. General media
references to the team may be found here. Recent press
releases may be found here.