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Joining the team

Although applications can normally be made to join the Team as a hill-going (Search and Rescue) member or in a support role (Operational Support) please note the temporary restrictions due to COVID-19 set out below.

Joining as a Search and Rescue member

Please note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, applications to join the Team are currently on hold. The advice below is what normally applies but at the present time we are not entertaining any new applications.

You will need to be fit and healthy enough to undertake physical tasks in all weathers. You must be a competent hill walker, usually with at least four years of quality hill experience; climbing or mountaineering experience is an advantage but not essential. You should have the equipment and skills necessary to look after yourself outdoors in all weathers.

You must also be willing to work in a team, live in our operational area, have your own transport and be prepared to commit a very significant amount of your time. Do not underestimate the time commitment involved – not just for call-outs but also for the regular Wednesday evening training evenings plus five or six weekends a year.

We rarely advertise for new members, preferring instead to receive applications from people who seek us out rather than simply responding to an advert. We normally have just one intake per year in September. You can normally register your interest at any time (but not currently due to COVID-19) – but you may have a lengthy wait. If so, why not consider becoming an Operational Support member in the meantime?

Application for S&R membership is welcome from anyone who is 18 or over. To register your interest for when applications are invited, email Pete Mounsey, the Team Secretary at secretary@clevelandmrt.org.uk.

Owing to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed during 2020 and the consequent impact on the Team’s training programme it is not clear when the next open evening and recruitment will take place. For the same reason the dates outlined below may not apply in 2020.

Once you have registered your interest you will be invited to our Base for an open evening normally in early summer to meet members of the team and find out more about what membership involves. 

Those candidates who wish to pursue their application are then invited to complete a daylight navigation and hill-craft assessment. This lasts for a duration of 2-3 hours normally on an evening in July and August.

During this assessment you should be able to prove that you have the ability to move competently over rough upland terrain, navigate using a map and compass to any given location and arrive in reasonable time and in a reasonable condition.

If you pass the navigation test, you will be required to attend training sessions as a ‘prospective member’ for a period of 10-12 weeks, normally every Wednesday evening plus one weekend between September and December. If you can’t commit to this then you should not apply!

During that period you will be required to submit to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check organised by the Team.

At the end of this initial training period you will be considered by the Committee (normally in the following January) before progression to ‘probationary status’ if your progress has been satisfactory.

You would then have to complete at least 12-months as a probationer and be subject to continuous training and assessment during this time. During your probation you will have to pass a night-time navigation assessment. Shortly before or after the 12-months you will be required to undergo a half-day final assessment. Only then will the Committee make a decision (at their January or March meeting) whether or not to make you a full Team member. In the weeks after that you will go on the callout list as a Search and Rescue Team Member.

In addition to acquiring technical search and rescue skills, you must realise that you will be joining a dedicated team of volunteers, where team-work is not simply an addition to the normal workload, but is an integral part of the role. It is again stressed that the time commitment is significant and should not be underestimated!

Remember, the timetable outlined above may not apply in 2020 due to COVID-19.


Joining as an Operational Support member

Please note that due to the COVID-19 restrictions, applications to join the Team are currently on hold. The advice below is what normally applies but at the present time we are not entertaining any new applications.

Our Operational Support  members help with:

This is not an exhaustive list and in addition to this we would like to hear from you if you have a specialist skill you feel you could bring to this team.

All these roles are ‘non-operational’ but essential so that the team can continue to grow, be successful and support our local communities when called upon. Even a small commitment of a couple of hours makes a big difference, do not be concerned that you will be required in the middle of the night in the snow and rain, we have a team of committed Search and Rescue members who do all that!

Some of our Operational Support members have gone on to be Search and Rescue members so you may find this role ideal whilst waiting for S&R opportunities to arise.

Owing to the COVID-19 restrictions imposed during 2020 the dates outlined below may not apply in 2020.

Operational Support applications can be made at any time but intakes will take place only twice per year normally in April and October. You will join as a Probationer and will receive inputs on the history and role of the Team, be shown the workings of the Base and our equipment and undertake Basic Life Support training. After a minimum period of 12-months you will move from ‘probationary’ to ‘full member’ status subject to having completed the training and having attended a number of Team meetings and events.

You will be required to submit to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check organised by the Team.

If you miss the April and October intakes there will still be some opportunities to help for example as a ‘body’ on training events. To apply to become a member of Operational Support please email Claire Starkey the Operational Support & Fundraising Officer at fundraisers@clevelandmrt.org.uk