TWSMRT All the latest news from the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Moutain Rescue Team Callout 02/10/16 Team called by the police to search for vulnerable missing 81 year old female last seen near Darlington. The missing lady was found by the police helicopter minutes after the original request for assistance and before the Team deployed. Callout 29/09/16 Team called by police to search for missing elderly lady with dementia on the outskirts of Durham. The team were stood down while assembling when the missing lady was found by the police. Callout 27/09/16 Continuation of search for missing Grouse Beater Callout 26/09/16 Callout 25/09/16 The Team were called by North East Ambulance Service to assist with carrying out a gentleman who had slipped and fallen whilst walking beside the River Tees near Barnard Castle. 8 team members carried the patient in a mountain rescue stretcher for 1 km to the waiting ambulance. Press Release: 15/10/16 - NEW MOUNTAIN RESCUE CENTER OPENS A new mountain rescue centre located in the grounds of Durham Community Fire Station will be officially opened on Saturday 15 October. Representatives from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS) will be joined by local councillors and other emergency services for speeches and tours of the site on Lanchester Road, Sniperley Park, to mark the special occasion. The event will begin at 11am on Saturday and at 11.30am Councillor Audrey Laing, the deputy chair of County Durham and Darlington Fire Authority and Kathleen Scott, the widow of former rescue team member, Chris Scott after whom the new centre is named, will unveil the official plaque. Funding for the Chris Scott Search and Mountain Rescue Centre is connected to a successful bid to the government’s Transformation Fund in 2015/16. This joint bid by County Durham and Darlington Fire Authority, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust was awarded £3.78m to create the first emergency services quad station in the country. This quad station is currently being built in Barnard Castle. TWSMRT will have a base in the new quad station along with the fire, police and ambulance services. The successful outcome of the bid also created an opportunity for County Durham and Darlington Fire Authority to support the mountain rescue team to develop an additional base in Durham. The new centre built to the same specifications as Durham Community Fire Station, which opened in 2015, will enhance TWSMRT’s ability to react to emergencies. With vehicles located in Durham and Barnard Castle it will allow a quicker response to the north and east of the county while maintaining sufficient capability to respond to the more traditional upland areas to the west and south. The new centre in Durham includes an office, training, storage and drying facilities a mezzanine floor and internal parking bays for rescue vehicles and support trailers. The centre will be used on training days and as a base during incidents. Mountain rescue volunteers will also use facilities at the fire station as and when needed. Stuart Errington, chief fire officer for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are very pleased to be working alongside TWSMRT at our new quad station, which is set for completion by the end of the year and also here in Durham at this fantastic new facility. We have always worked closely with other emergency services and organisations such as mountain rescue. Sharing locations and buildings as we are doing in Barnard Castle and Durham is a new extension of this collaboration and one that should be welcomed so that we can all continue to provide the best possible response to the communities that we serve.” Pete Bell, TWSMRT team leader said: "The quad station is a fantastic opportunity for us to work more closely with the other emergency services. The profile of our callouts has changed over the years, not only do we attend incidents on the high fells but we also carry out searches and rescues in all parts of County Durham. The provision of this base in Durham, as well as the quad station in Barnard Castle, will allow us to respond much more efficiently to help the residents and visitors to all of the County." The new rescue centre in Durham will take the name of Chris Scott. Chris joined Upper Teesdale and Weardale Fell Rescue Association when it was formed in 1968 and was a key member of Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (which it became) in the 1990s until he died, on 10 July 2014, age 75. Chris made an outstanding contribution to the team attending callouts and producing an efficient data logging system to record incidents (which was adopted by other mountain rescue teams). He became treasurer of the team in 1998 and together with his wife Kathleen, he organised and attended numerous fundraising events for the organisation. Press Release: 27/09/16 - MISSING GROUSE BEATER SPARKS MAJOR SEARCH Missing Grouse Beater Sparks Major Search A 40 year old grouse beater went missing at 3pm on Monday 26th September on Warcop Fell near the top of Lunedale County Durham. After searching for two hours without success his fellow beaters contacted the police and Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team were contacted. Realising that there was a huge potential search area Kirby Stephen Team requested help from their neighbours. Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team joined searchers from Penrith MRT, Kendal MRT, Duddon and Furness MRT, Cave Rescue Organisation, Swaledale MRT, Cleveland MRT, North of Tyne MRT, Northumbria National Parks MRT, RAF MRT, 8 SARDA search dogs and a Coastguard Helicopter in looking for the missing man. In all around 60 mountain rescue volunteers were involved. The shooting estate assisted with transport of some searchers in their Argocat all terrain vehicles. Middleton in Teesdale CoOp donated some pies and sandwiches to feed the TWSMRT searcher, many of whom had joined the search straight from work. The missing person was found by a search group at 2.15pm today Tuesday 27th after being missing on the fell for almost 24 hrs. He was warmed up and returned to the road safe and well. Pete Bell Teesdale Team Leader said “ This was probably the biggest search we have had in the area for a number of years. The weather last night and this morning was not good with mist and at time driving rain. It is very pleasing that with all the effort put in we have had a good outcome.” Photos – Teams being briefed during search Steve Owers Press Officer TWSMRT 07876132030 1725hrs 27/09/16 Press Release: 18/09/16 - MOUNTAIN RESCUE EXERCISE TURNS INTO REAL THING Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team spent most of today (Sunday) in Hamsterley Forest on one of the monthly exercise. Within the space of 2 hours they were called to assist at 2 incidents in the same forest. Incident 1 came just after lunch when a mountain biker came off his bike near The Grove. The Team were first to attend and after stabilising the young man the decision was made to transport him in the Team ambulance to University Hospital Durham. The exercise had just restated when the Team received a call to assist North East Ambulance Service after another mountain biker was injured in the forest. A Team medic assisted with the treatment of the casualty before he was loaded onto a mountain rescue stretcher and carried to a waiting ambulance. Pete Bell Team Leader said……… Steve Owers Press Officer TWSMRT 07876132030