Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) is a professional, voluntary organisation and registered charity. Its members share a common interest in providing an important life-saving service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Team provides a search and rescue service in the Northumberland Police area – an operational area which covers 2,159 square miles, and includes the whole of Northumberland and the conurbation of Tyne and Wear; the largest area of any MRT in the UK. NNPMRT provides a team of highly trained members and resources to save life and alleviate distress amongst persons affected by accident, disaster or natural hazard. The Team is activated, alongside the North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team (NOTMRT), through its calling authorities, notably Northumbria Police, the North East Ambulance Service and the Northumberland and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Services. It is also called to assist other MRTs throughout North East England and the Scottish Borders.

Over recent years, the service provided by the Team has expanded in response to demand and it is now widely recognised by our Calling Authorities that the Team can assist with the following types of incidents:

• Mountain search and/or rescue – for missing/injured walkers, fell runners, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts, in summer or winter conditions.
• Non-mountain search – for high risk, vulnerable or despondent individuals missing from home in urban and rural areas (e.g. elderly individuals with dementia, young children)
• Non-mountain rescue – in ‘difficult to access’ areas (e.g. body recoveries, rope access)
• Water search and rescue – for kayakers/canoeists and other water related incidents, where bankside searching is required
• Resilience – response to severe weather events (e.g. snow bound motorists, flooding events)

In 2017 the Team responded to a record 66 incidents, with a significant increase in hill/mountain related incidents. An increase in outdoor enthusiasts exploring Northumberland, the popularity of outdoor challenge events and the demise of 202 Squadron at RAF Boulmer explain this increase in incidents. Consequenty incident numbers have increased by an average of 20% per year in recent years. This year we have responded 117 incidents to date, 46 of which were during the severe weather event, Beast from the East. However, even without Beast from the East, we are experiencing another busy year.

All of our team members must attend regular training to ensure that they are able to respond effectively to the incidents both in the summer and winter, and on land and in water. Some team members specialise in certain areas by becoming rope rescue operators or supervisors, party leaders, search managers, swiftwater and flood first responders, rescue technicians or incident managers, casualty carers or advanced casualty carers, blue light drivers, off-road drivers, drone pilots etc. All members must attend winter skills training. We are looking for funds to deliver these courses, and to run an online training database.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team

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The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team is a professional, voluntary organisation. Its members share a common interest in providing an important life-saving service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Location: Northumberland, UK