About Us

Bowland Pennine MRT provides 365-day Mountain Search and Rescue service in both the rural and urban districts of Lancashire, and beyond when assisting other teams. Lancashire Police or the Ambulance Authority will call out the team when our services are required.

The area covered by the team is vast from the Cumbria border in the North, to the coast to the West; East to the A59 & South to the West Pennine Moors.

The last few years has seen a considerable increase in the number of requests by Lancashire Police for assistance in non-mountain or open country environments. These requests have included searching for elderly, confused or potentially suicidal people missing from their home or place of residence, or searching snow-bound roads for stranded motorists. In addition to the Police, we are regularly asked to provide cover for the Ambulance Service during periods of particularly bad weather, our work load increasing proportionally to the depth of snow falling.

Another part of the team’s activities is that of education. We regularly give talks on first aid and mountain safety to Schools, Rotary and Round Table groups, Universities, Women’s Institutes, Scout groups, Rambling Groups - in fact any organisation or group of individuals that request our advice or a talk.

Mountain Search and Rescue began in Lancashire and the North West in the early 1960’s with the formation of South Ribble Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) and Northern Rescue Organisation. Both Teams were based around Preston, and in 1980 they amalgamated to form Bowland Pennine MRT. For more details please click here

Future Plans
We are always in need of donations for a whole variety of things, partly to keep the charity running and also for replacing and obtaining new equipment.  Please see our Support Us page for some ideas on how you can help us.