Mountain rescue team members are on call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to recover climbers from precipitous crags, reunite lost walkers with their pals and ensure injured and sick casualties are safely delivered into vital hospital care.
But they also regularly help search for missing children and vulnerable adults, on and off the hills, whilst administering sympathetic support to their families. They search river banks and swift water, and wade chest-deep through flooded urban streets aiding swimmers, kayakers and devastated homeowners.
And, between them, they rescue a frankly stunning number of dogs, cows, sheep and any number of other animals, from all manner of inaccessible places.
All this whilst continuing to practise and hone their first aid skills, technical ropework, water rescue and search management, and maintaining their bases, equipment and vehicles – not to mention taking time to maintain their own fitness. Oh, and did we mention they’re all volunteers?
Mountain rescue. So much more than mountains.
TOG Says …
“All 48 Mountain Rescue teams do a fantastic job to support walkers in need. But let’s try all we can to avoid needing to call them. Prepare, be aware and get back safely. No matter where you are walking.”
Stay Safe when Walking
There are many, many ways to enjoy the mountains. And whether you’re walking, climbing, running, cycling or skiing, they can be as treacherous as they are inspiring.
Always check the weather before you go out.
Make sure you fully charge up before setting off.
If you need to call out mountain rescue, first make a note of all relevant details:
- Location (with a grid reference if possible)
- Name, gender and age of casualty
- Nature of injuries or emergency
- Number of people in the party
- Your mobile phone number.
- Call 999 or 112, ask for police, then Mountain Rescue
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