Team History

The Team's history can be traced back to a tragic event in March 1964 when three Rover Scouts died during a race walk called the 4 Inns, whilst crossing Bleaklow Moor in the Peak District. All three died as a result of hypothermia, one barely a quarter of a mile from the road.

At this time rescues were organised on an ad-hoc basis and often with locals and the Police making their best efforts in difficult situations with minimal gear. Derby Mountain Rescue Team was formed as a direct result of the 4 Inns tragedy and originally consisted of members of the 51st Derby (St Lukes) Rover Scouts who were keen on walking and climbing. The Team remains closely involved with the Scout Association to this day and is Operational throughout the 4 Inns walk, which remains a popular annual event.

The formation of this team and others led to the establishment of a regional Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation (PDMRO) with a role of co-ordinating search and rescue within the area. Major fund raising and training throughout the early 1970s led to Derby Team being recognised as an official Mountain Rescue Team.

Over the years, Derby MRT has been involved in many rescues both inside and outside the Peak District including North Wales, The Cairngorms and California! The Team also assists in Lowland searches when the particular Police authority thinks our search skills would be of use - many times with excellent results.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team is a charitable company (1089237) limited by guarantee.
Registered in England & Wales No 4229996.

Registered Office: Derby Mountain Rescue Team, Ashbourne Road,
Mackworth, Derby, DE22 4NB
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