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19th January 2011 MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM SEEKS NEW MEMBERS
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are looking for new recruits to join the team which covers the whole of County Durham and parts of the High Pennines including Cross Fell, the highest mountain in the Pennine range.
The Team, who are all volunteers, average 50 callouts per year. In the past twelve months callouts have varied from a search for two walkers missing in poor weather and darkness on the North Pennine fells to a search of farmland surrounding Durham City for a missing pensioner.
Deputy Team Leader, Steve Owers said “We do not expect prospective members to have the mountaineering skills of Chris Bonnington. The type of people we are looking for are keen walkers or climbers who are reasonably fit and have basic hill skills such as being able to read a map and take bearings. During the one year probationary period we will teach the mountain rescue skills including searching, casualty care and working safely near water.As we are a charity and need to raise all the funds required to run the Team we would also expect new members to also take part in fund raising events such as street collections, sponsored events etc.
For anyone who is interested in helping the Team in a non operational role we will be running a recruitment session later in the year."
Anyone interested in joining the Team must send an e-mail with contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org and they must be available to attend a open evening at the Teams base in Barnard Castle on Wed 2nd Feb 2011.
Further information about the Team can be found at www.twsmrt.org.uk
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