Mountain rescue team shows off its skills

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WOODHEAD Mountain Rescue Team volunteers are urging people to wear red on May 2 to show their support for the organisation.

The May Bank Holiday marks the second national Mountain and Cave Rescue Awareness Day, and teams are planning events to demonstrate their skills and give an insight into their work.

Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team is holding a programme of events at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley.

There will be live music from Barnsley Metropolitan Brass Band and a roadshow by Penistone FM. Search and rescue dog demonstrations will be given and there will be courses on orienteering and map and compass reading.

Vehicles used by the mountain rescue team volunteers and the kit they wear will be on display and, weather permitting, an MD902 Explorer Helicopter will be available for inspection.

John Howe, chairman of the Woodhead team, said: “Many people are still amazed we do not get paid for our efforts. Indeed many think it is a full time job.

“Whilst we may put as many hours into the team as we do to our jobs, we get no pay whatsoever.

“Every member of the team, whether a probationer, trainee, full team member or director, bears a financial cost of being a member, from buying equipment to putting the fuel in their cars to take them to training and to the real incidents.

“Operationally, with the current level of savings needed to be made by the statutory emergency services, I am sure we will see an even greater demand on our services.”