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FAQ

  1. How many members are there in the team?
  2. What area does the team cover?
  3. How do people become members of the team?
  4. How many call-outs do you get a year?
  5. How are members contacted when there's a call-out?
  6. Do you have any search dogs?
  7. How are you funded? Do you get any money from the Government?
  8. How much does it cost to run the team per year?
  9. Do you get many false alarms from mobile phones?
  10. Do you rescue animals as well as people?
  11. Where is the team based?
  12. How long has the team been in operation?
  1. How many members are there in the team?
    There are usually about 40 members. One of these will be a base controller who will man the control room and operate the base radios during an incident.
  2. What area does the team cover?
    We mainly operate in the Buttermere, Ennerdale, Lorton and Loweswater valley areas. We also cover the area out to the coast of NW Cumbria from Cockermouth.
  3. How do people become members of the team?
    Experienced mountaineers can apply to join the team if they live and work in our operating area. We look for fit, fully experienced rock and winter climbers who are available to attend call-outs during work and other times. Successful applicants undergo a twelve month probationary period before being admitted the team's call-out list.
  4. How many call-outs do you get a year?
    We normally attend about 50 incidents a year. You can see our incident statistics page.
  5. How are members contacted when there's a call-out?
    Normally someone will phone 999 and ask for the Police and Mountain Rescue. The police will then contact our team leader and deputy leaders on their mobile phones. As soon as we have details of the incident the rest of the team will be sent a mobile voicemail and/or text message if necessary. The first vehicle leaves the base as soon as sufficient members have arrived.
  6. Do you have any search dogs?
    Three team members have search dogs. They are members of Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs.
  7. How are you funded? Do you get any money from the Government?
    We are a registered charity relying on voluntary donations. The team members are all unpaid volunteers who give up their time to attend practices and incidents.
  8. How much does it cost to run the team per year?
    It costs approximately £36,000 per year to run the team. A new vehicle costs about £30,000 with all the extra equipment we require. Stretchers, first aid equipment and climbing gear all need to be replaced on a regular basis.
  9. Do you get many false alarms from mobile phones?
    We have received some unnecessary calls from people using mobile phones on the fells. However, many times a mobile phone has saved valuable time in calling out the team to a serious incident. Used correctly mobile phones can be invaluable.
  10. Do you rescue animals as well as people?
    Our members are regularly called out to rescue sheep that are stranded on ledges on crags. These rescues can be quite hazardous as the casualty is not always keen to be rescued! We have also been called to rescue dogs, goats, a raven and even a horse that was stuck in boggy ground.
  11. Where is the team based?
    We have a headquarters building in Station Road, Cockermouth. The building has space for our three vehicles, a control room, meeting room, training area and drying room.
  12. How long has the team been in operation?
    The team was formed in 1953, by mountaineers keen to help others in difficulty.