Mountain rescue team members show the public how it is done

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team awareness raising day at Cannon Hall Farm
Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team awareness raising day at Cannon Hall Farm
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MEMBERS of a South Yorkshire mountain rescue team held an awareness raising day over the weekend to let people know what they do to help people in need.

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team helps lost and injured walkers, helps the police search for missing people and provides assistance to emergency services during major incidents.

The team held its event at Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley.

It was one of a series of events organised across the country to draw attention to the work of mountain rescue teams – which are completely made up of volunteers and rely entirely on donations from the public.

Tony Sturdy, a former member of the Woodhead team, provided live music with his ceilidh band and the Barnsley Metropolitan Brass Band also performed.

The team’s two search and rescue dogs demonstrated their skills to show how they find lost and injured people.

As part of the day visitors could try out an orienteering course to test their navigation skills and fitness.

Other attractions included free map and compass training and a display of vehicles and kit used by the rescue team.

South Yorkshire Police also sent their helicopter to the event.

Organisers said the day had been a big success.