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
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.