How to Join

How to Join

Interested in becoming a member?

So you are interested in joining the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team, can you answer yes to the following;

  • I’m a fit and well outdoor person
  • I have a high degree of outdoor knowledge and skills
  • I am able to navigate in all conditions and types of terrain
  • I am able to take care of myself in the outdoor environment
  • I work well in a team environment
  • I am able to assess situations and make critical decisions for myself
  • I am able to take on responsibility for myself and team members

If you said yes to all of these then you have the minimum qualities that is required to join and train to become an Operational Member.

Your Commitment to the Team
Although we are all volunteers we expect you to be able to commit your self to the following as a minimum;

  • Team training – Two evening and one full weekend day a month
  • You are expected to attend at least 50% of these to maintain the required skills levels
  • A high level of availability to respond to call outs 24/7 365 days a year
  • Attend rescue cover for organised events we support in aid of fundraising
  • Attend PR events to promote the team and safety in the hills

Our Commitment to you
The team operates as a professional body and as such we ensure you will be provided with the training and knowledge on operating MRT equipment and procedures. We provide additional clothing and personal protective equipment required for operating as a team member.

Unfortunately, the team are not able to take the average person on the street and turn them into a mountain rescuer, there simply isn't the time for this.

Recruitment process
We only recruit once a year, normally August/September and will advertise this on the banner at the top of the page.

Initially you will be required to complete an application form which you can get by emailing the team secretary and requesting it. Once you have impressed with your application and meet the standards required, we will invite you along to the selection day, normally over a weekend.

This will be a practical based day in the hills, whatever the weather, to see you work in the outdoor environment and assess your skill level. If there is a large number of applicants, we may include an interview stage prior to the practical day.

If You Are Successful
If you are successful on the recruitment process you will be invited to join the team as a probationary member. The training required to bring you up to full Operational Member will take twelve to eighteen months. Once you are proficient in the core skills you will become an Operational Member and go onto the ‘Call Out’ list.

If, after reading this you are still interested, email the team secretary at and request an application pack.

Support Team

If you feel you are not up to the Operational team, we have a Support team that provide invaluable support in raising awareness and funds for the team.

They also provide us with ‘Bodies’ to enhance the quality of the training delivered and can be asked to work outdoors with the Operational Team.

For more information and contact details please visit the support team page.

Thank you for your interest and support.

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  • Cheviots Challenge 2021 - Thank you

    posted on 9th September 2021

    Many thanks to everyone that took part in the Cheviots Challenge event on Saturday. Thanks to all of you who have been in touch to say how much you enjoyed the challenge event. We enjoyed seeing you all on the day and it was great to see so many smiling faces at the end.