During its 53 years of existence Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team has delivered numerous presentations and lectures describing the work of the Team to a wide variety of groups. Almost all the same questions get asked every time; Why do we do it? Why do we give our time so readily? Why do we drag ourselves out of bed on cold, dark nights to search for missing people? Why do we put ourselves in a position of danger by hanging from seemingly very thin ropes to conduct a crag rescues? Why did we join in the first place?
All Team members are outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy working in and around the hills and mountains. Through an extensive and on-going training regime Team members enjoy learning new skills relevant to the needs of the outdoor environment. They then derive a great deal of satisfaction out of applying those skills to resolve the many and varied incidents they attend. How else, apart from a surprise birthday gift from your family, would you get to drive off road, to dangle off shear cliff faces, to be winched out of a helicopter. But more in a Mountain Rescue team you really do save lives in wild and remote places!
The incidents that we have dealt with over the last 50 odd years have been varied, some more memorable than others, overall the Team has helped more than a 1000 people.
The team endeavour to build good public relations not only in all “callout” situations but also through the day to day activity of running a successfully voluntary emergency service. Through its commitment to delivering an excellent service to the local community the Team has forged excellent working relationships with the other emergency services and also developed links with a large network of local land owners and businesses in and around the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire area. The Team regards such relationships as an essential component of providing an excellent Mountain Rescue Service.
Members of the Team go into schools to tell the children about our work, they also present illustrated lectures to groups ranging from Women’s Institutes to Rotary Clubs.
For further details contact Ken Dunbar, Public Relations Officer, Cleveland Mountain Rescue;