PEAK district mountain rescue teams have been honoured with a commendation from Derbyshire Constabulary‘s Chief Constable, Mick Creedon.
Representatives of the seven teams that make up the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation (PDMRO) were invited to the Celebrating Achievement Awards Ceremony, held at Butterley Hall police headquarters in Ripley.
An unannounced award was presented to the teams at the end of the ceremony in recognition of their services to the community over the last 12 months in providing search and rescue services.
The seven teams, Buxton, Derby, Edale, Glossop, Kinder, Oldham and Woodhead, are this year collectively celebrating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the PDMRO.
Throughout the organisation’s history, all mountain rescue team members have remained unpaid volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, responding to calls around the Peak District.
Ian Bunting, team leader of Edale MRT, said: “In our early days, there would perhaps be just a few callouts each year, but in 2013, volunteers spent almost 16,000 hours on callouts, showing how far we have come.
“These days, apart from rescuing climbers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, teams can be found searching for vulnerable missing persons, helping stranded motorists or the ambulance services in snow conditions, dealing with flooding or attending any other emergencies where our skills can be of use.”
The PDMRO was formed in 1964 after the loss of three young scouts taking part in a long distance walk, the Four Inns.
Up to that point, mountain rescue had existed but was quite disjointed, but the events of the Four Inns tragedy led to the formalisation of search and rescue services in the region, and within a few years, teams merged or disbanded to leave the seven teams that form make up the organisation today.