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Search Dog Megan Takes Well Deserved Retirement

On Boxing Day 2016 Buxton Mountain Rescue Team Search Dog, Megan, reached the age of 12.  Megan’s handler and owner, Dave, decided that at this age it was time for Megan to put her paws up from operational duties and retire.

Megan was born in Buxworth in December 2004.  At the age of 14 weeks she went to live with Dave who started the process of training her as an air scenting search dog. Megan successfully passed her first assessments in June 2007 and started work immediately.
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Team Pupdate and congratulations to Isla

Trainee Search Dog Isla, with her handler Mark Williams, made a significant step forward last week in their ambition to pass out as a fully accredited Mountain Rescue Search Dog unit.  Isla passed her stage One Indication Test which is a key accomplishment.
The test takes place in woodland under the scrutiny of  S.A.R.D.A examiners and the dog has to find a number bodies and then return to their handler unprompted.  On each return the dog must give a strong indication of the find.  The dog must …

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Buxton Mountain Rescue say “Thank You” for your support.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team wishes to send a great big “THANK YOU” to everyone who has supported the rescue team during 2016.

It has been another busy year from a call-out perspective and the team’s response is only made possible by the help and generosity of so many people.

Attending nearly one hundred incidents in a year can become a burden to the volunteer members but when the local community demonstrates such appreciation and support it gives a real boost to the enthusiasm of those responding.

The team truly appreciates every …

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A cut above the rest.

When a new gents hairdressers came to town the owner, Chris Abbott, looked for two charities to help with the opening day promotion.

Barbers at 3 is the third shop Chris has opened locally and to celebrate the opening event he decided to donate all the takings from the day to charity splitting the money between Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and Blythe House Hospice.  To add to the donation the shop is running a raffle (£2 a ticket) to be drawn on Christmas Eve with the lucky winner receiving free …

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Joint exercise with Staffordshire Fire & Rescue

Following an incident (51) on The Roaches in July when Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members found themselves working alongside two fire crews from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service, a plan was formed to meet-up again in order for the two organisations to get to know each other better.

On Sunday morning a fire crew from Leek and another from Ipstones were called to deal with an imaginary incident at the Eastern end of the popular climbing crags.  Having dealt with the first, fire orientated, stage of the exercise a mock …

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First Christmas present of the year is from LEEK

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team annually hold a flag day in Leek, Staffordshire, on the run up to Christmas and every year the kind locals give generously to boost our team funds.
This year Leek folk must be in an extra festive spirit as the sum of the collection exceeded £500.  Throughout the day fourteen members took turns to hold the collection buckets but it must have been the visit of that Very Important Person who encouraged everyone to dig deep.

“Thank You Santa” and a very big thanks to all the …

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2016 Quiz raises £241. Lucky winners announced.

Winners of this year’s word quiz compiled by Gillian Halliday of Boston have been announced.

This quiz needed you to find a place name within the British Isles which cunningly concealed the name of a unit of measurement.  For instance; Home of the Trotters?  ans: PECKham.   Easy?  Well there were sixty similar questions and getting them all right was a challenge even for the most dedicated quizzers.

Top prize for a fully correct answer sheet goes to Mrs Barton of Shoeburyness (there must be a quiz in that town …

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Team Member Visits Buckingham Palace

Buxton Team member Peter Farrer, his wife Margaret and three daughters attended an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace last Thursday (11/11).
Peter was recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours List earlier this year and awarded the “Member of the British Empire” (M.B.E.) medal for his services to “Mountain Rescue in the Peak District”.  He has served the Buxton Team for more than forty years in varying roles and supported the Peak District Mountain …

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David Rutley MP for Macclesfield, joins the team for a night.

David Rutley, local MP for Macclesfield, braved the cold on the evening of 3rd November to volunteer as the casualty for a training exercise run by Buxton Mountain Rescue in Macclesfield Forest.

The training exercise centered on a scenario in which David, as the casualty, became stranded in the forest, after walking and slipping down a steep mountain bike trail.  The evening exercise gave twenty-two members of the rescue team the opportunity to hone their medical skills and work on how to respond quickly to a real emergency.  Team members …

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VARTA launches winter walking guide with Mountain Rescue

Consumer batteries manufacturer VARTA released ‘The Wanderer’s Guide to Winter in the Great Outdoors’ in time for the clocks going back over the weekend of 30/31 October and the download publication is now available across the UK, full of advice for the winter months. Using the expertise of Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) and the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC), the free downloadable infographic features a series of top tips for safely embarking on winter adventures.
Featuring recommendations to pack back-up torches, portable power banks, warm clothing and a hard copy map, MREW is keen to …

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