Teesdale & Weardale Search & Rescue Team are looking for new recruits
to join the mountain rescue team which covers the whole of County Durham and parts
of the High Pennines including Cross Fell, the highest mountain in the Pennine
The Team who are all volunteers, average 45 callouts per
year some lasting only an hour or two and some which cover a number of days. However
because of work commitments etc. Team members are not expected to attend every
Team spokesman Steve Owers said "The type of men and
women we are looking for are keen walkers or climbers who are fit and have basic
hill skills such as being able to read a map and take bearings. We will give training
in mountain rescue skills and casualty care during a one year probationary period.
the majority of our calls are now to non mountain areas we want people who would
be prepared to attend the type of callout which entails cancelling a Saturday
night out to search for a vulnerable teenager around the outskirts of Darlington.
we are a charity and have to raise all of the funds needed to run the Team ourselves
we would also expect new members to take part in fund raising events such as street
collections, sponsored events etc".
An open evening is being
held at the Team's Rescue Centre which is behind the Police Station, Harmire Road,
Barnard Castle on Wed 25th January at 7.30pm.
Anyone who fits the
criteria and thinks they may be interested is asked to come along on the night
and find out more about the Team or ring 01388 601218 for more details.
details about the Team's work and training may also be found on the Team's website.
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