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Coniston Mountain Rescue

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The team is on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are all volunteers and funded only by public donations. The Coniston team was founded in 1947 and was the first of its kind in Britain.

Team call outs have changed greatly over the years. Originally the most common call out was for fallen climbers or people lost in the hills. These days the role of the Mountain rescuer has expanded, although the service remains voluntary with team members giving up their time should the need arise. Teams are trained in many disciplines and are expected to turn out for a wide variety of call outs. For example there are now National registers for team swift water rescue capabilities following the increase in flooding nationally.

We often support our neighbouring Teams in times of multiple call outs. Each Team has members trained to the particular terrain that they work in. For Coniston our incidents now include such diverse call outs as climbing accidents, searches for lost persons, walking accidents, mountain biking accidents, gorge scrambling accidents, diving accidents, Swift Water Response Team, Animal retrieval and occasionally mines rescues in the copper mines/slate closed heads with Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit.

Mountain Rescue Teams are unique in their ability to respond to multi-faceted call outs which makes them a very valuable resource.Your kind donations allow us to maintain the latest equipment so as to ensure that, as a voluntary service Coniston Mountain Rescue Team is always there when the need arises.

Charity No: 504923

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