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A story to make you shiver

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team doctors, Vicki Taylor and Matt Stagg, were on home turf in a Macclesfield hostelry last Wednesday night when they were invited to talk to the East Cheshire Outdoor Group ( about Mountain Rescue and hypothermia.
Prompted by the group’s recent experience in The Lake District they thought it would be …

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New Applicants take the challenge

Joining Buxton Mountain Rescue Team as an Operational Member is a serious undertaking and not to be considered lightly.  There will be great demands on your time which can cause pressures at work and home.  It will take between three and six months to learn the basic of mountain rescue which will qualify you to get on the call-out list as a probationary member.  It can then take another twelve months training to qualify as a Full Operational Member at which time the coveted red jacket will be issued.

Whilst the …

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First of the Bristows helicopters arrives in the Peak

The 1st April 2015 sees a major change in the helicopter search and rescue service covering the Peak District.  The traditional service provided by the R.A.F. and the Royal Navy will soon be phased out as Bristows takes on the new contract and the Peak District is one of the first regions to be served by the new aircraft.

Bristow Group Inc. is based in Houston, Texas, but has a proud heritage which includes providing search and rescue services in the UK since 1971 with …

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Avalanche – and the pub was shut !

With five inches of snow falling in Buxton through Tuesday night, chilling thoughts passed through our Training Officer’s mind.

The risk of an avalanche in the Peak District is relatively low compared with the mountainous regions of the Lake District and North Wales.   However, you might be surprised to learn that there have been three fatalities in the area within living memory and, in the winter of 2013 Winnats Pass was completely blocked by a snow avalanche.

So whilst the risk may be low there is still a real concern and …

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Jam, Jerusalem and Mountain Rescue

With an upsurge of interest from the Cheshire village of Sutton, near Macclesfield, two team members were invited to a meeting of the village Women’s Institute.

Nearly forty ladies attended on a wet and windy evening for a talk and presentation on the work of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.   Local team members, Kerry Clarke and Andy Hennell, spoke for an hour on what it takes to be a member of a rescue team and the skills and time commitment required.  The ladies asked lots of appropriate questions about how the team is organised and showed a genuine interest in all aspects of membership.

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Team Find Beavers in Sutton.

When a colony of Beavers got in touch with the rescue team to ask for a talk about its work, local members were happy to help.  Fortunately theses beavers were not the wood munching type but a great group of six to eight year olds from Sutton near Macclesfield.
A team vehicle was dispatched from the Dove Holes base so there was plenty of rescue equipment to learn about.   Team members were keen to explain how the team is called out and how people are …

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Scotland takes the biscuit with food knowledge quiz.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Quiz number eight quiz was all about finding places and towns with an article of food or drink hidden in the name.   Over 200 people from all over the U.K. took on the challenge which was set by our very own Quiz Mistress, Gillian Halliday from Boston in Lincolnshire.
Individual quiz sales added to extra donations brought the total raised to £279 which brings the total raised so far from all Gillian’s quizzes to £1,633.  That’s a magnificent contribution to the team and reflects a lot of hard work and dedication by Gill.

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A Christmas Cracker

It was a Christmas Cracker but not everyone got a joke!
Staffordshire Athletic Club has supported the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team for many years with a share of the proceeds from its Annual Christmas Cracker 8 K fell race over the Roaches starting from Tittesworth Reservoir.  In return, team members provide first aid cover and assist marshalling over the more exposed parts of the route.

It’s a great, fun affair with most competitors in seasonal fancy dress.  However, this year the team had to earn its keep when a female competitor became distressed with …

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Exam Stress

More than just sticking plasters!
Following three months of intensive training and practical exercises twelve team members sharpened their pencils on Sunday ready for the final examination in Casualty Care.

The course syllabus and examination are set by rescue’s national body, Mountain Rescue England & Wales, and concentrates on the special skills necessary to aid a casualty in remote locations and where professional help may be hours away.  It takes the standard first aid course up to the next level preparing team members to offer initial assessment, treatment and ongoing care …

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Independent Support

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team has just received a magnificent donation from The Buxton Independent Group, a group supporting the  independent councillors in the High Peak.

High Peak Councillor, Linda Baldry and her husband, Robin Baldry, presented a cheque worth £400 to team members, Peter Farrer and Geoff Sumner on Friday morning in a wintery Buxton.

The donation was raised at the annual dinner of the Independent Group and is another welcome boost to the team’s New Vehicle Appeal.   Many, many thanks to all who supported the fundraising event and who made the generous donation possible….

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