In recent years on average we responded to 64 call-outs per year where our specialist skills and equipment are needed to help local people who are injured, taken ill or in need of help. We cover a wide area including the northern half of the North York Moors, the coast from Sandsend up to Hartlepool and the Tees Valley.
The Team was established in 1965 and we normally have around 45 - 50 Search and Rescue Team Members (including probationers) who are on call 24-hours a day every day of the year. We are all volunteers; we have no paid staff and our services are offered free to anyone who needs them. We are reliant on the generosity of local people and groups to cover the £42,000 it costs to run the Team every year.
In addition to the Search and Rescue Team Members we have about 25 Support members who help with fundraising activities, acting as injured or missing people, maintaining the vehicles and equipment and a multitude of other jobs.
Our call-outs range from people missing on the fells and in and around towns and villages, to people injured walking, biking, climbing and horse riding – even paragliders. We assist the other emergency services with tricky evacuations and incidents. We also support them during periods of inclement weather by transporting people who are unwell or by getting nurses or doctors to their patients. We have an established call-out system with the local councils and housing associations to help their residents during periods of challenging weather.