Joining the Team

Kinder Mountain Rescue Team needs people of all ages, capabilities and talents to take part in search, mountain rescue and support work. Mountain Rescue is a 999/112 service under the control of the Police. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and funded by charitable donations.

We do not undertake the teaching of basic mountaineering and navigation skills. As a voluntary rescue service, it is paramount that members be capable and expected to demonstrate these abilities in a variety of conditions. Although we issue some ‘kit’, on becoming a full team member, all members will possess suitable mountaineering clothing and personal equipment.

Most members come from the Hayfield/New Mills area, but anyone within a 30 minute driving distance from our Hayfield Base will be considered. Applicants living within the catchment area of other mountain rescue teams may be referred to their local team.

This page is aimed at those contemplating participation in operational search and mountain rescue callouts. If you are more interested in the fundraising and social aspects of team life please contact our fundraiser.

We are always keen to attract new members. We recruit people between 18 & 55 but full members can stay in the Team until they’re 70. You can apply providing you can demonstrate to us your ability and willingness to cope with the training, exercises and callouts. You will be expected to have fell walking and mountaineering experience; the ability to show basic first aid skills by passing a First Aid at Work course before being promoted to full team member status. Beyond this, attending regular training sessions at our Hayfield Base will enhance your mountain rescue and first aid and skills. You will be expected to enhance your first aid skills by gaining the Mountain Rescue Casualty Care Certificate once you become a full team member.

All operational members are expected to be available for callout at any time of day or night.

The Operational team is split into the Hill team and the Support team.

HILL TEAM

Hill Team members are formed into hill parties and deployed to perform the actual search and rescue work. Each hill party will have an experienced leader.

SUPPORT TEAM

When a callout occurs there is a lot of work to be done in order to get the Hill Teams mustered and deployed. The Base support team ensures that the deployment happens as smoothly as possible, and then assists in the rescue by manning radios and providing transport. They are expected to be on the same callout system as hill members, but provide support from home, the Base, or a vehicle. Attendance at the indoor training sessions is mandatory to gain the necessary knowledge of radio procedure and casualty care.

PROBATIONARY MEMBERS

All new members, with very few exceptions, serve a probationary period. During this time you will be required to attend a basic training course (the probationer course usually runs September through to April) in addition to the regular team training and fundraising events. This amounts to at least three evenings and one day per month. This probationary time fulfils two functions:–

It will give you time to understand the commitment, level of fitness and knowledge of hill craft required to be a full team member.

It gives the Team Leaders time to assess your character capabilities. In adverse conditions, the hill parties need to rely on each other. The team leaders need to be sure that each individual can not only make a useful contribution but also work as part of a team.

The probationary period is typically nine months to a year. During this time a high attendance record at training and other team activities is required.

With such a heavy investment in training and equipment, we would be most unhappy if your commitment faded, or if you were joining for inappropriate reasons. You must want to join, in order to help others in need of assistance in the hills.

Before we accept you onto the probationary list a member of the Team’s Executive will arrange an assessment walk with you. This will test: the suitability of your clothing and equipment, your confidence on steep ground, your ability to navigate by asking you to (without the use of GPS), navigate to a location using a 6 figure grid reference, give a 6 figure grid reference for a given location, determine your location using a resection, follow a compass bearing, use the technique of aiming off and to ensure that you have a reasonable knowledge of the Team’s primary operational area. The assessment walk does not include any test of mountaineering skill.

CALLOUTS

Callouts can be expected to number about 30 per year. They can be at any time of day or night, and involve an immediate or deferred callout. We generally rendezvous at the Team Base in Hayfield, but the rendezvous can, literally, be anywhere.

You will be asked to assist in search and rescue operations on the hills and crags of the Peak District, not only for hill walkers and climbers, but often elderly, infirm or depressed subjects. You will also from time to time be asked to assist the Police in urban and lowland rural searches.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us