2018 in Review

2018 was a busy year for most Mountain Rescue Teams across the Peak District and indeed England and Wales. Derby Mountain Rescue Team is no exception as in 2018 the team were called out to 70 incidents which saw them working alongside the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Service, Air Ambulances, HM Coastguard, community first responders, farmers and members of the public.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team is a voluntary emergency service founded in 1964 after the tragic death of three Rover Scouts during a navigation race called the 4 Inns. Many of the team’s founding members were involved in this initial search. Since then the team has expanded its capabilities to cover searching for missing persons, rope access and rescue, advanced casualty care and water rescue.

Throughout the 80s the annual callout count averaged just five callouts per year with only 1989 bringing the total to double figures. 1989 was a year that started with the team attending the Lockerbie and Kegworth air disasters in the same weekend. Since then the team has become a widely recognised and respected search and rescue asset, primarily serving the south of the Peak District but also responding to incidents across the country. In the 90s the callout count increased with an average of twenty-one callouts per year and it has been climbing ever since.

Without a doubt, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma put extra pressure on all the emergency services in 2018. Derby MRT were called on to help rescue stranded drivers and to assist community nurses access patients; this accounts for at least a part of the increase in incidents this year. However, we have also dealt with a number of medical emergencies including broken legs and arms, spinal injuries, heart attack, a fallen horse rider, mountain bikers and several fallen climbers; a large number of which have been around Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud. The team also assisted the police in more than twenty searches for missing persons.

Alongside the callouts, the team commit to training sessions and attend events to raise the awareness of Mountain Rescue and to raise funds for the cost of running the team. Many of the fundraising events are run by supporters; without whom the burden of fundraising would be much greater.

Looking forward to 2019 the team will be working on our Drone search capabilities and focusing on driving forward the build of our much needed new base. The higher number of callouts this year has highlighted the need for the new base and we are looking for partners to assist with this project over the next year.


If you require Mountain Rescue in an emergency, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Police, then Mountain Rescue.


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