Trainee membership

We’re still glad you’re thinking about joining us. Mountain rescue is a challenging and rewarding activity. Working alongside other responsive emergency services you will be providing a real service in the Peak District.

Membership of BMRT is not something to be considered lightly; despite our being unpaid volunteers, the police and public expect a professional standard of service. We are held in high regard and maintaining this reputation depends on the full commitment of its members. Joining the team will cost you time and money; you will suffer inconvenience, get wet, cold, tired and find yourself in potentially dangerous situations. Your safety and that of others will depend on your personal skills and your ability to work as part of a team.

Basic requirements

To succeed, applicants will:

  • be at least eighteen years of age
  • live within the team’s operational area which means a 25mins drive from Buxton or closer
  • have a sound knowledge of hill-craft, particularly navigation, with the ability to move safely and competently over mountain/moorland terrain in any weather day and night
  • possess sufficient personal clothing and equipment to withstand any weather conditions on high ground
  • be physically fit and endeavour to remain so
  • serve a probationary period of at least nine months.
  • commit to attending a very high percentage of training events during their first twelve months
  • achieve set standards of competence in a reasonable time
  • accept the need for discipline and be willing to carry out tasks when required by the leaders of the team or section
  • have a good degree of availability for attending call-outs
  • have suitable transport or other firm arrangements to attend incidents
  • be prepared to commit time and effort to ancillary jobs such as fundraising
  • appreciate the high standards of behaviour and personal integrity expected of them

Next steps

Firstly, please complete the online trainee application form. Please complete all sections of the application form so that we are able to select applicants that best match our entry requirements. If you meet the requirements, you may be invited to a selection day on 15th June 2024.

Then, team members will make you welcome and explain what is expected if you proceed. Early on, your personal hill clothing and equipment will be checked during a testing hill navigation exercise.

If all goes well you will be asked to join the team as a trainee. From then on, full commitment and effort is expected.

We hope you’re still interested!

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We look forward to receiving your application and hope to meet you at the next induction meeting.

BMRT Training Officer