Keswick Mountain Rescue Team welcomes new members each year. Prospective members need to be self-sufficient in the fells in all conditions, all year round. They should have a good knowledge and recent experience of the terrain we operate in, and be confident moving and navigating on difficult ground away from marked paths. There is no requirement to be a rock climber, but familiarity with climbing rope work and equipment would be beneficial.
Other essential requirements: You will need to be aged 18 or over, live within 20 minutes normal driving of our base, and be available for at least 25% of call outs and at least 50% of Thursday evening training sessions across the year.
Recruitment is once a year, starting with an informal open evening in October and submission of an application form, following which prospective team members will be asked to come on a hill assessment day with team members in early January. After this you’ll then be invited join several Thursday night team training sessions in January and February. Acceptance as a probationary member is decided by a vote by the whole team based on impressions made at these sessions. This takes place in early March. If your application is successful, then you will become a probationary member of the team for a year, and receive suitable training to enable you to take part in callouts.
If you are interested in joining the team, please email email@example.com for application details.