Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team
The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary organisation based in Marsden, near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. The Team functions as a search and rescue service covering the southern half of West Yorkshire, and is a registered charity entirely funded by public contributions.
About the team
The team was set up initially as the Holme Valley Moorland Rescue Team in 1965 after the death of two Boy Scouts taking part in a Challenge Hike on local moorland. Since then it has continued to provide assistance to those who get into difficulties while taking part in leisure activities on the moorland of the South Pennines and Northern Peak District.
The team's role is not confined to aiding those who get into difficulties on high ground, however. Assistance is often provided to West Yorkshire Police on searches for missing persons in rural and semi-rural areas, and to Yorkshire Ambulance Service when casualties need to be extracted from less accessible locations. The team also helps local groups and charities by providing event safety cover, talks and education.
Training exercises are held regularly to maintain a high skills and knowledge base within the team. This includes search techniques, casualty care and handling, crag and ropework, and maintenance and use of the team's own specialist equipment. On a call out, the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team may work in partnership with neighbouring teams, or other organisations such as the Police, Fire and Ambulance services, the RAF and the West Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and holds training exercises jointly with these groups to maintain an effective partnership.
The Holme Valley MRT is a member of the Mid Pennine Search and Rescue Organisation (MPSRO); a regional body of which the following organisations are also members:
- Bolton MRT
- Bowland Pennine MRT
- Calder Valley SRT
- Rossendale and Pendle MRT
- The Cave Rescue Organisation
- The Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA)
The HVMRT is a Registered Charity (No. 1015532) and a Limited Company by Guarantee (No. 2764292).
The Holme Valley MRT owns and maintains a great deal of specialist equipment. This needs to be constantly checked and replaced to meet regulations and this process accounts for a very large proportion of the team's expenditure. The team runs two vehicles. A long wheelbase Land Rover Defender, and a Vauxhall Movano van. Both vehicles are registered ambulances and are fitted with blue strobes. They each carry medical and communications equipment, as well as 'party kits' - equipment taken out by each hill party to aid in the initial stabilisation of a casualty, before more specialised equipment can be brought to the scene.