Registered Charity Number 511072 & CIO 1202266 BPMRT is a full member of Mountain Rescue England and Wales


Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT) is a registered charity providing an essential, life-saving emergency service to the people of Lancashire and beyond.

The Team attends an average of 70+ callouts each year and is staffed entirely by over 50 unpaid volunteers. It costs around £35,000 a year to keep the team operational, all of which is raised through donations – we receive no direct government funding.

What We Do

BPMRT operates within Mountain Rescue (England & Wales) guidelines, and is part of the Mid-Pennine Search & Rescue Organisation, supporting the statutory emergency services, working on behalf of Lancashire Police and the North West Ambulance Service.

Search and Rescue Capabilities Include

  • Search and Rescue Planning & Management
  • Specialist Medical Treatment
  • Technical Steep Ground and Crag Rescue
  • Night and Adverse Weather Search & Rescue
  • Body Recovery
  • Swiftwater / Flood Rescue
  • Stretcher Evacuation

Where We Cover

We provide a Mountain Search & Rescue service in Lancashire and beyond when assisting other teams. Provides assistance in all environments including cover for 999 Services particularly in bad weather and flooding. Area covered by the Team is from the Cumbria border in North Lancashire, Morecambe Bay, East to the Lancashire border with Yorkshire (Less Leck fell), Along the A59,  River Ribble and South to the West Pennine Moors Anglezark and Lancashire Merseyside. See Map of our operational area.

In recent years we have increasingly been called upon to conduct searches for vulnerable missing people in urban areas of Lancaster, Preston and Chorley.

We also respond to requests for assistance from other teams and over the past few years have helped out with emergencies in the Lake District and Yorkshire.

Who We Assist

BPMRT operates under the control of Lancashire Police. We respond to requests for assistance from all the statutory emergency service. Our specialist skills and local knowledge provides an essential, life-saving asset to the other services, therefore the team works very closely with:

  • Lancashire Police (LANCON)
  • North West Ambulance Service (NWAS)
  • North West Air Ambulance (NWAA)
  • Hazardous Area Response Team (HART)
  • Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service (LFRS)
  • National Police Air Service (NPAS)
  • HM Coastguard Search & Rescue Helicopter (Sikorsky S92a/AW189)

Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team works out of 3 rescue bases. Our operational area spans over 860 sq miles or 2267 sq km and is one of the largest Team areas in the country to cover. As a result we have a vehicle and training base near Garstang, a residential outdoor education training centre and vehicle base near Dunsop Bridge and a response vehicle base in Penwortham, Preston.

At our Garstang base, as well as housing our office facilities, lecture room for holding training sessions and business meetings, we also conduct all our vehicle and emergency equipment maintenance.

Contact us here

Bowland Pennine MRT
Unit 3
Area A
Creamery Industrial Estate
Kenlis Road

We attend numerous community events and local fundraisers throughout the year.

These range from providing:

  • Safety cover for outdoor activities and challenges (ie. Fell / MTB Races etc)
  • Raising community awareness for outdoor safety
  • Talks, presentations and base visits (Schools, community groups, scouts, cubs etc)