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Penrith MRT are now using Digital Mapping and GPS for Mobile Devices provided by ViewRanger



































New Mountain Rescue Film


2 of our Team members appear in this new film which shows the types of incidents that the volunteer teams get involved in.




Winter Training


The Team’s winter training involved looking at personal skills such as avalanche awareness, use of avalanche transceivers, crampon use, self-arrest using an ice-axe. We also experimented using snow-shoes, which was enlightening. Following on from this Team members experimented with snow bollards, bucket seats and ice axe belays.

On the second day, we put these skills into practice near the Spittal of Glenshee, with a scenario which required Team members to back rope a loaded stretcher a 300m slope with a 60m rope!



Busy January


January has so far been a busy month for Penrith Mountain Rescue Team with seven callouts and winter training in Scotland. Two of these callouts were this weekend.


The first of these, on Saturday, was to assist the Police in a search for a missing person from Carlisle. The Team and search dogs checked various woods in the Brampton area. Sixteen Team members and six search dogs were involved for four hours.


The second, was to rescue a female who had fallen from a horse at Wetheriggs, near Penrith. She had injured her back. The Team assisted the Beep Doctor in immobilising the casualty by placing her in a vacuum mattress and transporting her to a Team Landrover, and driving her to the road and an awaiting ambulance. Six Team members were involved for one and a half hours.

Team Leader, Mike Hill said “Hopefully things will quieten down, Team members are all volunteers and it can be quite difficult for members to balance Team commitments with work and family life”.
















































We have responded to 63 callouts in 2014 and 26 so far in 2015


The team operates from a purpose-built base in Penrith. It is a registered charity and one of eleven members of the Lake District Search and Rescue Association (LDSAMRA). In turn the LDSAMRA teams fall under the governing umbrella of Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW).The team is entirely funded by donations. All its members are unpaid volunteers, willing to respond any day of the year in any weather. We respond to 40+ callouts a year and are on call 365 days per year, 24 hours per day.


The operational members of the team commit to a rigorous programme of training throughout the year, covering casualty care, off-road and ‘blue-light’ driving, radio communications, search management and swift water rescue.


PMRT covers the largest geographic area of any of the Lakes District Mountain Rescue Teams. Our area stretches from the Scottish Border in the North to the Northumberland Border in the East, down the North Pennines to High Cup Nick above Dufton in the South, with the North-eastern fells of the Lake District (Haweswater) making up our Western boundary. We often work alongside our neighbouring Mountain Rescue teams, particularly Patterdale and Kirkby Stephen.


 Penrith MRT area


Penrith Mountain Rescue Team is a registered Charity No 505809