Primarily, we exist to provide a voluntary search and rescue service for the West Pennine Moors, but besides searching for missing or injured hill walkers and people involved in mountain biking and climbing accidents, (which is usually the first thing pictured when the phrase “mountain rescue” is mentioned) we are also heavily involved in other happenings.
Our past callouts have involved crashed aircraft, hang gliders and parapenters. Generally, however, where there is a problem locating victims, or the terrain surrounding a casualty is difficult to access, it is likely that your mountain rescue team is involved.
Several times a year we also provide standby rescue cover for events held within our area. We can often be spotted at orienteering events, fell races, sponsored walks, and mountain bike races.
We are a key resource to the other emergency services, our specialist skills being recognised and respected by Greater Manchester and Lancashire Police who utilise us (along with other teams) to help in search and rescue operations, alongside use by the Ambulance services. The team also works with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, assisting at high-line rescues (structures as well as the more familiar rock faces and steep ground) and moorland firefighting operations.
Besides our upland moorland area, we also operate throughout the lowland areas of Bolton, Salford, Wigan, Trafford, Manchester South, and the western half of Bury. We are also called upon to assist other teams in North Manchester, the eastern half of Bury, Tameside, Rochdale, Oldham, North Cheshire and South Lancashire.