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Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team Recent News

Team member is On Top of the World

23 Feb 17

..well almost. One of our team, Clair Starkey has been raising money for the team during her expedition to climb Kilimanjaro. She and her fiancé along with his brother in law reached the summit of the mountain on the 15th after a seven day climb. So far they have raised £1310 for the team through their just giving site:

four more swift water rescue technicians

12 Feb 17

Ok! so it was one of the worst weekends of the year and one that most of us enjoyed keeping warm in front of the fire: But for seven Cleveland team members it involved getting wet in the River Tees near Barnard Castle as they learnt and practiced the skills involved in being a "Swiftwater Rescue Technician". Four of the Team were new to the qualification and three were requalifying which we must do every two years.
Recently the Team received a grant from the Department of transport to equip the team members with the £1200 of gear each one needs in order to be able to work in and about waters they can help people during times of flooding and to carry out water based search and rescue operations.
The course, run by local company Rescue Northeast, was described by the trainer as one of the "coldest water training courses he has ever delivered"!
Well done to all.

£1000 for Team Medical Gear

05 Feb 17

Following an application to the Tees Valley Small Grants Fund Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team have been awarded £1000 from the Agnes Spencer Distribution Fund. We will use this donation to help with the upgrade of our front line medical equipment by purchasing Prometheus Traction Splints for use with serious leg injuries and suction pumps that are used to keep the airway clear of seriously injured casualties.
This year thanks to a number of grants from local companies we have been able to renew our four main medical kits that are carried in our ambulances and used to provide the initial care to our casualties.

Grant from Dept of Transport

25 Jan 17

Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team was one of the successful applicants for a share of a £913,000 grant that the Department of Transport has divided amongst 66 water rescue charities in the UK.
Cleveland Team will receive £8400.
We will use the funding to equip an additional ten of its volunteers to be able to train as a “Swift Water Technician (SWT)”. SWTs are trained operate in flooded areas and fast flowing rivers to search for and rescue members of the public trapped by water.

Over the last few years, as more flooding has occurred in the country all of the 50 UK volunteer mountain rescue teams have to train their members for working near water and many have trained and equipped their members for water rescues and searches.
More info at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/almost-1-million-awarded-to-66-water-rescue-charities

Incident 2 Search dog deployed to Tan Hill to assist Swaledale M

21 Jan 17

Tan Hill search for Cleveland Search dog Bonnie and handler Dean.
Sunday 8th January. Dean and Bonnie were called out at 0820 on Sunday morning to assist our sister team Swaledale MRT with the search for a missing 22 year old man who went missing in the early hours of the morning whilst camping at the pub. (Tan Hill Inn is the highest pub in England). Rescue teams from Teesdale and Kirkby Stephen were also involved in the search along with search dogs from Swaledale MRT, North of Tyne MRT and North Yorkshire Police. Handler Dean described the area they were searching as very difficult, very boggy and lots of hollows.
The missing man was found by one of the Swaledale search teams at around noon......4 miles from the pub.
A good result and the second search of the year for the North Eastern search dogs.

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