Advance notice for the 2nd National Mountain Rescue Awareness Day on Monday 2nd May 2011, venue for the Bolton MRT is Lever Park, Rivington.

As part of the second annual country wide co-ordinated National Mountain and Cave Rescue Awareness Day, the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team will be on full display in Lever Park, Rivington, on Monday 2nd May 2011, from 11.30am until 4.00pm, on land immediately alongside the Great House Barn, known locally as the ’Bottom Barn’.

Mountain (and Cave) Rescue Teams throughout the UK have been involved in a much wider operational role than just their names suggest, for example MRTs were heavily involved at the Greyrigg train disaster, the Gloucestershire, Tewkesbury, Sheffield, Carlisle and recent Cumbria floods, the East Midlands and Lockerbie plane disasters, missing person searches, assisting ambulance services in snowy conditions, helping the Fire Services at moorland grass fires, checking wintry roads for snowbound vehicles and their occupants, assisting ambulance services with difficult to access or evacuate casualties and a myriad other incidents, all away from our usual mountain, moorland, cliff and cave roles.

This second National Awareness Day event is designed to explain to the public not just our traditional role but all the other emergency roles and situations we now respond to on a national basis.

The Bolton Mountain Rescue Team will have on display all five of our Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances, which includes our three brand new ’First Response’ vehicles, our new Minibus Ambulance, our Control and Communications Trailer and our Search and Rescue Semi Rigid Boat and Water Search and Rescue equipment.
Also on show will be the full contents of one of our Land Rover Mountain Rescue Ambulances, consisting of a very comprehensive range of search and rescue equipment, alongside the teams display boards, Team Call Out list members and Support Group members to jointly explain the varied roles and work of the team.

The team wishes to extend its thanks to long time Team friend Kevin Salmon of Salmon Caterers for allowing us to hold this dispaly in this location.

Our colleagues at Rossendale and Pendle MRT will also be on display this same day, at Peel Tower, Holcombe, on the moors above Bury, where they are holding a fundraising abseil event raising funds for their team.

(Please also see website ’news’ item dated Monday 3rd May 2010)

UPDATE 30th April 2011:

It was intended for the Bolton MRT to display alongside the Great House Barn cafe in Lever Park, Rivington. We apologise for the short notice of this announcement but due to a high recent
operational workload we have cancelled our participation.