All about us
All members of the team are volunteers and receive neither payment nor expenses for participating in training or incidents. There are currently fifty active team members including doctors, paramedics, nurses and people with hillwalking and climbing experience. We rely solely on donations and sponsorship for funding.
We take an active interest in local community events, providing talks for local organisations, training for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and general support for other institutions organising outdoor activities in our area. The Team owns a base in Snainton, near Scarborough, which gives us good access to our whole area.
This base also houses our two Land Rover ambulances and control and communications equipment. The team also uses the base to hold training and fund-raising events. Each year we are involved in around sixty incidents of a wide-ranging nature, details of the most recent can be seen here.
Team Membership – How It Works
Team members come from all walks of life, but they all must go through the same process to become full team members. The Team looks for its new members to either be experienced hillwalkers or mountaineers who wish to learn about Search and Rescue, or qualified medical personnel with an interest in outdoor activities.
All applicants, regardless of background, must meet a certain minimum standard before they are allowed to join. On joining the team a new member is given probationary status – this lasts for a minimum of twelve months and gives the probationer a chance to get to know the team, acquire the callout kit which all members must carry when with the Team and become proficient in basic Mountain Rescue and Search and Rescue skills.
After attaining full membership team members must attend sufficient training days and evenings each year to maintain their core skills. Additionally they must attend a set percentage of exercises and fund raising events each year. Team members are encouraged to develop more advanced skills and qualifications and at the same time take an active part in running the team and charity. All memberships are reviewed annually and continued membership relies on the team’s basic minimum requirements being met each year. All team members are volunteers who are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Many employers recognise the work of the team and will release team members from work to attend callouts. Members are contacted via a text message and phone callout system initiated by a duty incident controller. If you are interested in joining the team, click here.
What Happens When We Are Called Out ?
Callouts come usually come from one of two sources – via a 999 call to the Police from a member of the public, or direct from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. Regardless of the source the callout is handled in the same way. The duty incident controller assesses the situation and decides whether a full or limited response is require.
The next step is to decide on a rendezvous point (r.v.) for team members to meet at and to allocate drivers to collect vehicles and take them to the r.v. The controllers activate the callout system. automated text messaging, backed up by phone calls, are used to mobilise team members and get them on their way to the r.v.
A control point is established at the r.v. and, depending on the situation, arriving team members are briefed and given tasks or search areas. Usually a liaison from the Police or Ambulance Service will be present at the r.v. to help coordinate the team activities with those of other Emergency Services.
The Team can also call on other resources. SRMRT is a member of NESRA – the North East Search and Rescue Association, which consists of all M.R. and S.A.R. teams in the North East – other NESRA teams would be called in to assist in larger incidents or searches. We can also call on Rescue Helicopters, the Coastguard and SARDA – the Search And Rescue Dogs Association.
The Team can usually respond to a callout and have members and equipment en-route to an incident within 20 minutes of being called. All this is at no cost to the public or to other Emergency Services!
Our Coverage Area
Our home area is approximately 2100 square miles, our northern boundary runs from Sandsend, near Whitby, to Helmsley then across to the A19. The western boundary then runs south to approximately the M62 motorway, at which point it heads east as far as Howden, Beverley to the coast at Hornsea. The eastern boundary follows the coast north back to Sandsend. This encompasses the south eastern Half of the North York Moors National Park, Dalby forest and neighbouring forestry, the Yorkshire Wolds and a number of sizeable urban areas. Our neighbouring team, Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team, cover the north western part of the North York Moors National Park