The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team provide a vital service in providing search and rescue cover for the whole of the Northumbria Police area. This is a vast and largely remote and unpopulated area encompassing all of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, and measuring approximately 5000 square kilometers (3000 square miles). The team are members of NESRA, the North East Search and Rescue Association, one of the regional panels which constitute Mountain Rescue (England and Wales) the national governing body for all mountain rescue teams. As a secondary responsibility we can be called to assist one of the other NESRA teams on a protracted or difficult incident and similarly we can call upon them for assistance when required.
The team, in common with all mountain rescue teams in England and Wales, is made up entirely of volunteers who give of their time freely and without financial reward. Team members are comitted individuals, outdoor people who already have a high degree of competency in outdoor skills and are keen to 'put something back' into the activity which they enjoy. The team train regularly and members are expected to attend at least 50% of all training in order to consolidate and develop their skills and remain on the call-out list. There are opportunities for members to extend their skills with advanced training in a number of discreet areas of team operations.
Although voluntary in nature we pride ourselves on the 'professional' service which we provide.