New minibus for mountain rescue team

The new Transit All Wheel Drive for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team
The new Transit All Wheel Drive for Buxton Mountain Rescue Team
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Life-savers will be riding to rescue of lost and injured people in a new top-of-the range minibus.

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team will use the versatile all-wheel-drive Transit Minibus to tackle tough Peak District terrain.

The team’s new Ford Transit, supplied by GK Group Chesterfield, will enable rescuers to get search and rescue personnel closer to where they are needed even in the worst of winter.

“A typical mountain search or rescue can involve quite a number of team members and an enormous amount of kit,” said deputy team leader Malc Needham.

“Our old Transit was a lifeline, but this new one is all-wheel-drive and that will be a huge help to us in bad weather, as we experienced in the Peak District last winter.”

Buxton Mountain Rescue Team was called out 116 times last year, to help hurt walkers, to locate missing walkers or tend to injured mountain-bikers or hang-gliders - usually in areas of the National Park which a regular ambulance could not reach.

Malc said: “It took a lot of tin-rattling to raise the money to buy the new minibus. We have been fundraising like mad, even though Ford and GK Group have given us an excellent deal.”

The Ford Transit Minibus began life as a 15-seater with a 140PS 2.4 TDCi engine, but a row of seats were removed to make row for equipment and to allow a stretcher case to be carried if necessary.

Further conversion work involved fitting blue lights and sirens, radio equipment and other emergency-service gear.