The team is a registered charity who relies entirely on the generosity of the public and other organisations for donations and funding. Our primary responsibility is to provide a search and rescue service to the area covered by Northumbria Police. This vast area encompasses all of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear and is approximately five thousand square kilometres (three thousand square miles). As a secondary responsibility the team can be called upon to assist neighbouring mountain rescue teams, in the North East region, during protracted or difficult incidents and the team can call upon these neighbours to give assistance during similar circumstances.
The team are available and can be called out 24hours per day and 365 days per year. We are called out by the police and operate under their authority when a search and rescue incident occurs, and whilst called a mountain rescue team, we are often used by the police in lowland and even urban searches when our specialist skills are required.
Team members are all volunteers who share a common love of the outdoors and a desire and willingness to 'give something back'. They come from a wide variety of different backgrounds and live throughout the teams area.
The team are committed to the concept of safety in the hills and will often be found providing rescue cover for outdoor events such as fell races or mountain bike races. Here we will, in arrangement with the event organisers, be training in the general area of the event and therefore are able to respond to any incidents which may occur much more speedily.
We also give talks and slide presentations on the work of the team to local interested groups.
If you wish to contact the team to arrange a talk or discuss the possibility of the teams presence at an event you are organising please use the link on the Contact Us page.
Cheviots Challenge 2017
Saturday 2nd September 2017 join us for our 36th Cheviots Challenge.
Take one of two challenges and help raise funds for the mountain rescue team; click here to go to the Cheviots Challenge page and entry details.Read More...View More Events