The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) is actively recruiting new operational members.
Successful applicants will receive a year of training in search skills, radio communications, pre-hospital medical care, technical rescue skills, working with helicopters and winter skills before graduating to the call-out list.
Once on the call-out list, the team’s highly trained volunteers respond to emergencies at the request of the emergency services when specialist mountain rescue skills are required.
Calls for assistance include not only searches for, and rescues of, walkers, fell/trail runners, mountain bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts in the uplands of Northumberland, but also the search and rescue of missing children and vulnerable adults in rural and urban settings.
NNPMRT provides a search and rescue service for the whole of the Northumbria Police area, which covers 2,159 square miles.
It is particularly interested in receiving applications from those living or working in the Morpeth, Rothbury, Alnwick, Wooler and Tyne Valley areas.
Those wanting to apply should be physically fit and confident in their own ability to navigate safely through mountainous environments whilst the weather is unfavourable.
Prior winter walking or mountaineering experience would be advantageous, although not essential.
To apply, please email the team’s Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org – for an application form, which should be completed and returned no later than the end of August.
Interviews and an initial hill skills assessment will then follow.