New base for mountain rescue team

Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team
Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team

The mountain rescue team responsible for covering the Ribble Valley has secured a new satellite base after more than 30 years of fund raising.

Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team will move into the new fit for purpose facilities at Farrington Court, Burnley, which will be in operation alongside the team’s existing Clegg Street base in Haslingden.

RPMRT team leader Peter Goble said : “We have long recognised that our Haslingden base is no longer sufficient for the size of team that we are now. We have vehicles that are parked outside and age prematurely as a result. We have fundraised to replace the whole of our vehicle fleet over the past few years and will now be able to store all the ambulances inside at the new unit to protect them from the elements.”

With call outs spread throughout Burnley, Pendle, Blackburn, Rossendale and parts of Greater Manchester, having ambulances situated more closely to the M65 and other motorway links will mean response times to incidents can be considerably improved.

RPMRT chairman Andy Simpson commented: “This is a very exciting development and will improve the voluntary public service which we provide to the local community for free, as well as securing the long term sustainability of the team. We are not just a mountain rescue service – most of the public are not aware that we provide a search and rescue service throughout the area and are surprised when they realise they might actually require our services one day when they are out on an afternoon stroll, or have an elderly relative suffering from Dementia that goes missing. We thank the public for all their support and hope this will continue into the future.”

The new satellite base will be developed over time as further much-needed funds are raised. The first stage will involve making the unit secure and ensuring it works for the team on an emergency call out and in an operational capacity. Further improvements will then include the development of a training and education room and rope rescue training facilities. The new training area will allow groups such as cubs, scouts and guides to visit to find out about the valuable work of the RPMRT, ensuring the new base will be a community asset for the whole area.

l RPMRT are appealing to local or national companies for help developing the new base. Though they are not asking for cash, although this is always gratefully received, they would appreciate materials, equipment and labour to transform the industrial unit into a modern base that will benefit the community. Though the team will be continually fundraising, it will tale time to raise the money needed, so the more support from local companies that the team can get, the sooner the conversion will be able to be completed. If you can help, please contact Victoria via email – press@rpmrt.org.uk

Caption: The Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team. (s)