Essential Facts

What is BMRT?

  • BMRT has been operating since 1964
  • We are the second busiest team in the Peak District
  • Our operational area covers ca 400 sq. miles spread across Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire
  • We have an operational strength of c. 60 (including trainee members and operational support), plus 3 search dogs (1 graded and 2 trainee)
  • We run a fleet of 4 vehicles, and a fundraising trailer
  • We attend to c. 100 team call outs per year, and c. 15 search dog call outs per year – on average
  • We have good connections with the local community and links to wider, national groups associated with mountain rescue activity

Mountain Rescue

Buxton team is one of seven civilian teams making up the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation. We are a member of the Mountain Rescue Council of England and Wales, which reached its 75th anniversary in 2008.

Accolades and recognition

  • Team member Ian Hurst awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) for services to mountain rescue, Jun 2013
  • All qualifying operational members of Buxton Mountain Rescue Team receive The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal, Jul 2012
  • Search Dog Zak and handler Nick Smith win SARDA England’s “Outstanding Performance Trophy”, Jan 2010
  • Team member Ian Hurst receives a Certificate of Distinguished Service from Mountain Rescue England and Wales, the top award from the national body, Mar 2009
  • PDMRO & MREW Twenty-five years Long Service Awards made to members Richard Doran, Bryan Allison and Neil Carruthers, Nov 2008
  • Regional winner from the Community Groups category for the East Midlands region of the “Nationwide” Community & Heritage Awards, 2008
  • Derbyshire Excellence in the Community Award 2007. Presented by Derbyshire County Council in Nov 2007
  • PDMRO & MREW 40 years Long Service Awards made to members Ian Hurst and John Mayer. Also, 25 years Long Service Awards made to members Peter Parker, Alan Pedlar and Malc Bowyer, Aug. 2007
  • BT Chairman’s Award – outstanding dedication and commitment to the community (Roger Bennett), 2003, 2005/6, 2006/7 and 2007
  • The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire to 33 BMRT members on the 6 Mar 2003
  • The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award – for voluntary service by groups in the community, 2 Jun 2003
  • Derbyshire Constabulary – Chief Constable’s Commendation, 12 Nov 2001


Royal support

  • BMRT HQ was opened on 14 June, 1990 by HRH The Princess of Wales. This is now our Training and Meeting room.
  • BMRT Operational HQ opened 12 March, 2003 by HRH The Duke of York. This building houses the team’s vehicles, equipment, climbing wall and incident control centre.

Contact details

BMRT are unable to respond to rescue calls made direct to us; these must be handled via the police.
However, please feel free to contact us regarding any non-emergency issues such as the information on this website, membership, funding, donations or sponsorship.