Rescuers to share expertise

Pete Roberts
Pete Roberts

Two experts are speaking at a conference in the USA this week about internationally transferable ideas they developed in Northumberland.

The pair, Pete Roberts and Carl Hamilton, are long-standing members of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT).

Carl Hamilton

Carl Hamilton

At the Washington State Search and Rescue conference, they will be teaching a search skills day course and delivering specific lectures on aspects of searching for missing persons.

They will also be joined by a local ‘guru’ of search management, Rick LaValla, to launch and teach their search skills training library of teaching resources, which will be available for free from The Centre for Search Research (TCSR) website.

Carl and Pete formed TCSR as a registered charity in 1997 to allow them to continue to research into aspects of search and rescue.

NNPMRT provides a search and rescue service in an operational area of 2,159 square miles, which includes the whole of Northumberland.

This year’s Cheviot Challenge, an annual event that usually raises around £3,000 of the £20,000 needed each year to keep the team operational, will once again take place in September.

It was recently announced that the 2017 headline sponsor is Cotswold Outdoor, a specialist retailer of outdoor equipment, clothing and accessories.

The company is giving all entrants a 15 per cent discount in-store and online that could be used to buy equipment needed to take part in the event – it starts and finishes at the Rose and Thistle Inn, Alwinton, and comprises a choice of 17 and 22-mile routes.

Registration for the event on September 2 is now open and to find out more about the challenge or the team, visit