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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

New-look facilities boost rescue team's work into next 50 years

North Yorkshire's Lord Lieutenant Barry Dodd performed the official opening of  Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team's extended base in Snainton and to launch its new vehicle.

The work dates back to last year when the team celebrated its 50th anniversary and began planning for more storage, garaging and an improved method of transporting search parties and casualties.

This led to extending the existing building onto waste ground behind the base to provide secure storage for four vehicles and two trailers as well as an indoor training facility and meeting room, rest facilities and a purpose-built drying room.

The team also procured a fourth vehicle fitted out as an all-weather, 4x4, troop transporter with a dual role of ambulance should we need to evacuate casualties be these casualties seated or stretcher bound.

Safe and sound and saying thank you ... Neil (left) and Becky Robinson
present a £500 cheque to Roger Hartley of the rescue team for rescuing Neil
after a mountain bike accident in Dalby Forest.
A spokesperson said: "For a team of volunteers, receiving no direct funding and with annual running costs of around £40,000 and totally reliant on donations, collections and sponsorship a project of this magnitude was a brave and costly decision.

"But it was something the team felt was justified in light of their increasing workload and the range of search and rescue activities they were being asked to respond to."

A legacy provided much of the funding for the rebuild.

The Lord Lieutenant also presented a certificate of appreciation to PC Jon Rushton who is shortly due to retire from North Yorkshire Police. Over the past nine years Jon has been the single point of contact between the police and the five rescue teams in the county.  

Scarborough and Ryedale mountain rescue team gave members of the public as well as the emergency services, former team members and members of neighbouring teams insights into its operations with an open day. During the event, Neil and Becky Robinson presented a £500 donation to say thank you for rescuing Neil following a mountain bike accident in Dalby Forest, last year.

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