Speaker Meeting 23rd July 2018

Paul Barlow
The Derby Mountain Rescue Team

At a recent Rotary Club of Church Wilne speaker meeting, members were delighted to welcome Paul Barlow of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team. As one of the charities which will benefit from the club's Annual Charity Horse Ride, members were very keen to hear about their work.

Paul started by explaining the Derby Mountain Rescue Team falls within the Peak District region, one of 9 regions covered by Mountain Rescue for England and Wales organisation.

The Derby team comprises of 50 unpaid volunteers covering the southern Peak District to as far south as Milton Keynes. With their in-house training taking 18 to 24 months, volunteers becoming highly qualified, including First Aid where they are authorised to administer drugs. The team is on call 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Requests for assistance from the Police or Ambulance Service are on the rise. 2017 saw 57 call-outs, this year they have already responded to 49. The principal objective of the team is to save life and alleviate distress. The work covers a wide variety of incidents from search and rescue of missing or injured people, principally in upland or mountainous areas, flood rescues and searching for vulnerable people in rural areas.

Last year 58% of the call-outs were for evacuating people from inaccessible places and 21% for locating missing persons.

The Derby Mountain Rescue Team at Work

One of their most valuable resources are the highly trained rescue dogs. The dogs prepare for 3 years and retire at 7. Despite this short working life, due to their incredible sense of smell, in search and rescue situations they are a crucial part of the team.

Derby Mountain Rescue Team is self-financing and does not receive any government support relying entirely on donations, bequests, and monies raised by local fundraising activities. The cost of running the team is £30,000 per annum which covers repair, maintenance and fuel costs for their vehicles and items of equipment. They have recently purchased some land and hope to raise funds to build new premises which will include much-needed training facilities and storage.

Rotarian Ken Bird gave the Club's vote of thanks saying, "Thank you, Paul, it was great to learn about the dedication, passion and skills of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team."

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact our Secretary, Mick White at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Derek Sheehy-Smith
For Church Wilne Rotary


16th July 2018

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