16th August 2008 RESCUE TEAM CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. To celebrate they are holding a 40th birthday event and family fun day. . The event will take place on Saturday 23th Aug at High Force in Upper Teesdale between 10am and 4pm.
Activities taking place include crag rescue and swiftwater demonstrations, search and rescue dog demonstrations, guided walk, climbing wall, treasure hunt, face painting and dog agility course. There will also be an opportunity to look round the teams rescue vehicles.
Anthony Tubbs event organiser said " I hope that lots of people will come along to enjoy this fantastic day out, with lots of entertainment for all the family, whilst also having a unique opportunity to see, first hand, some of the activities and roles with which this local volunteer rescue team, funded only through donations, are involved with." He added, "We are very grateful to Lord Barnard for the use of the area to carry out the day, and hope that visitors take the chance to also visit the stunning High Force waterfall as part of their visit."
The team was formed in 1968 following the tragic deaths of 2 scouts from County Durham who lost their lives above what is now Cow Green reservoir. Until the early 1990's the team averaged less that 10 callouts per year. Since then the team now average 45 callouts per year covering the whole of County Durham and beyond. Not only are we involved in the search and rescue of missing walkers but the majority of our calls now involve searchers for missing persons, elderly, children, dementia suffers, people with mental health problems and despondent.
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