Keswick Mountain Rescue Team | FAQ
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FAQ

When was the Team formed?

The Team was formed in 1946. See our History page.

How many Team members are there?

Currently (Jan 2016), we have 45 Team members. See our Team Members page.

How can I make a donation to the Team?

There are various ways in which you can support the team – from making a small donation to considering including us in your legacy. The Team (a Registered Charity) relies on voluntary contributions and cannot survive without your generosity. Our Dontations page has all the necessary details.

How do I become a Team member?

You will be from a mountaineering background and will have some local knowledge. Initially, you will be asked to attend 3 specific training exercises and attend a day’s assessment with Team members on the hill. After this, if all is well so far, you become a Probationary Member for one year, attending callouts and weekly training exercises. At the end of a successful probationary period, you become a full Team Member. Contact our Secretary for further details.

How many members attend each callout?

Analysis of our statistics shows that between 13 and 24 members attend most callouts. Many things affect the response (work hours, urgency of callout, holidays, etc), but we do not have a rota. We are all on call 24/7.

How long does it take to turn out the Team?

We can usually have the first vehicle away within 10 minutes of receiving the call from the police. All members are contacted by SMS and some also have pagers. It is a distinct advantage having members who live close to our HQ. Equally, we have members who live around our area, who are able to quickly go direct to callouts close by.

What is the most common time for a callout?

Our statistics show that for 2015, August (19), September and October (14) were the busiest, and November (4) was the quietest. The most likely time of day is between 1 pm and 5 pm when people are tired and descending.

How many callouts do you do each week?

We can go 6 weeks without a single callout. Equally strange, we can sometimes have several callouts in the same day – even at the same time! We are generally prepared for multiple, simultaneous callouts. However, if we are overwhelmed, we routinely will call a neighbouring team to assist. 2009  and  2010 were our busiest ever years, with 136 callouts. This averaged one callout every other day.