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Teams in Joint Goyt Valley exercise

The Goyt Valley near Buxton is a very popular rambling and dog-walking area and is busy on most days of the week all year round.

The valley includes two reservoirs, numerous paths and tracks to the tops of the hills and hundreds of acres of forest and dense vegetation.  Dealing with a known location accident in the area would be bad enough but the report of someone missing would cause a significant problem and too big to handle for any one team.

Consequently, at the weekend, Kinder M.R.T. joined forces with …

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National Mountain rescue figures announced.

Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the national umbrella body for all mountain rescue teams, has recently announced the call-out figures for 2015 in a review of the year document.

The forty-eight voluntary rescue teams registered with M.R.E.W. received a total of 1,815 calls from 32 different statutory agencies which resulted in 1,642 deployments.  1,721 people were assisted consuming a total of 92,019 hours of volunteer’s time.

There were only 15 days during the whole of 2015 when a mountain rescue was not operationally active somewhere.

The figures show a 10% increase on 2014 and …

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Chinley Drop In drops in a big one

Chinley Drop In is a group which meets each Wednesday and Friday morning 10.00 until 12.00 at The Parish Rooms in Chinley village.   They are there to provide information about the parish and to provide a venue for anyone who just wants to “drop in” for a chat.  Tea and biscuits and a listening ear are always available and those “dropping in” often drop a donation into a pot which is then distributed to local charities.

The group has supported Buxton Mountain Rescue Team since the team’s Fifty Years of Service …

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Health & Safety rule in football match

The government’s Health and Safety Laboratories, based at Harpur Hill in

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Buxton, have generously supported Buxton Mountain Rescue Team in the past and have yet again made a great contribution to the team.

It was Andy Harby of Interserve Facilities Management who challenged the Health and Safety men to a charity football match.  The game was played at the Peak Dale ground on a bitterly cold evening but, with pride and honour at stake, it was played with great spirit.  After a closely fought game the …

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High Peak Mayor gives a blanket donation.

Buxton Mountain Rescue was honoured to be invited once again to a special presentation evening held at Buxton’s Pavillion Gardens last Friday.

Retiring Mayor, Stuart Young, presented a number of local charities a portion of the funds raised by the High Peak Mayoral Charity Committee throughout the last year.  Team Leader, Neil Carruthers, and Fundraising Manager, Dave Goodman, attended the event on behalf of the team together with a significant number of representatives from other local charities each receiving generous donations towards …

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Thieves target team member’s vehicle

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team has made a plea to the public keep an eye out for branded equipment after thieves broke into a private vehicle and stole a volunteer’s rescue equipment.
 

The incident occurred in Whaley Bridge during the night of Tuesday when a team member’s car was entered by breaking the window glass.   A quantity of personal property was taken along with equipment and clothing belonging to the rescue team.

All the equipment the volunteer had in his possession was taken, including his team radio, waterproof jackets, helmets, fleeces, protection googles and other gear.  The clothing and equipment is of …

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Dr Anthony (Tony) Jones M.B.E.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team members have been saddened to hear of the death on Friday of a stalwart supporter of mountain rescue since the 1960s, Dr Anthony Jones M.B.E.

Tony first joined Ogwen Valley MRT in 1966 later becoming its Chairman, a post he held for twenty-one years.  He also served on the Mountain Rescue Committee (now Mountain Rescue England and Wales) for many years holding the post of Vice-Chairman.

He was an advocate of American style search techniques running courses and lecturing around the world.  Tony was a larger than life character …

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New Quiz now available

Do you know your yards from your feet, your gallons from your metres?  Gill’s (small pun!) new quiz will measure your skill and knowledge.
 

Despite muttering threats of retirement, the team’s own Quiz Master, Gillian Halliday, has come up with another one to test your little grey cells.

The sixty riddles will have you reaching for both the dictionary and the AA map.  The answer to each riddle is a place name of somewhere in the British Isles that contains a reference to a unit of measurement of weights, distance, time, fluids …

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Buxton hosts regional controllers’ and leaders’ day

Last Sunday around thirty rescue team leaders and incident controllers from across the Peak District assembled at  Buxton Fire & Rescue Station for a morning of discussion and idea sharing.

It was just one in a regular series of meetings held to ensure that all the independent teams are adopting best practices and working to the same standards.  Mountain rescue is continuing to develop and these meetings ensure that new technology and ideas are shared for the benefit of all casualties wherever in the region an incident occur…

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Nice Nosh makes a final donation

After ten years serving food and drinks to the visitors in Macclesfield Forest John Sellors has recently served his last customer but even then he couldn’t forget his friends at Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

For his last day John very generously provided free food and encouraged customers to make a donation to the local Mountain Rescue Team. Over the years he has contributed over £1,500 to the team and so, Dave Goodman the team’s Fundraising Manager, presented John with a certificate to mark the occasion.  Dave was …

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