Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have just taken delivery of a new Landrover to add to their existing fleet of a Control Vehicle and a older Landrover.
The Team, who are all volunteers, cover the whole of County Durham as well as the Eastern side of the Pennines including Cross Fell the highest peak in the Pennine range. Not only do they search for and rescue lost walkers but a substantial part of their job is searching semi urban areas for missing children, dementia sufferers and people who are depressed and may want to harm themselves.
Pete Bell Team Leader said "We have been fundraising for 3 years in order to buy and convert this vehicle. We have had over 50 donations both large and small. The main contributors have been Durham University Charity Kommittee (DUCK) and Glaxo Smith Kline family day with many smaller donations from individuals and groups who have put on specific events in aid of the Team."
"The Landrover has been converted to meet our particular needs. While it will normally carry 5 personnel plus a great deal of our equipment it has been adapted so that 2 of the rear seats can be removed and a stretcher can be loaded quickly into the rear of the vehicle. Unlike with our old Landrover there is now space for our medics to work on the casualty while they are being transported. We also have a built in patient monitoring device. We have also had a role cage fitted to improve the safety of Team members. Training of Team members with the vehicle is currently ongoing and it should be available for callouts in the next few weeks."
The Teams old Landrover will now be used primarily to transport Team members especially when there is a need for a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
Mobile1 - Andy Neill (left) and Pete Bell (right) with new vehicle
Mobile2 - Andy Neill (left) and Pete Bell (right) with new vehicle
Mobile3 - Loading stretcher into new vehicle
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk