Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team now has three vehicles after purchasing a Citroen Relay. The van, which has been named Viking 1, is equipped with specialist communications equipment as well as mapping and tracking systems. It will enable the all-volunteer team to respond more efficiently and locate those in difficulty - with the Citroen acting as a command and control vehicle during searches and rescues.
“The Citroen Relay plays a vital role in enabling out team of specially trained volunteers to provide an even better rescue service. As we work closely with other emergency services, the latest communication equipment is a must, as is the specialist mountain rescue mapping and search planning software”.
The vehicle’s purchase has been made possible thanks to the generosity of John Nixon Ltd, which supplied the vehicle at a discounted price. The balance was raised though the kindness of individuals, charitable organisations, corporate donors and by using Cleveland MRT reserve funds. Other companies have also supported the team during the conversion process of the vehicle so it can accommodate all of the necessary equipment.
Cleveland MRT has 50 volunteers who range in age from 18 to 75. They are on call 24/7 and are frequently called out by the emergency services. Incidents they attend range from rescuing the seriously injured through to searching for missing people. Last year the team attended 62 call outs - the greatest number tackled in any year since its formation almost 50 years ago.