Have you got what it takes to join us ?
Any opportunities to apply to join as an Operational Team Member is usually posted on our website and Facebook around December with initial selection early in the New Year. On the back of a successful intake in 2020, with 12 applicants taken on as Trainee Team members, we do not envisage any additional requirements in the near future.
Our Support Group volunteers, are integral to the vital work that the Operational Team Members do by fundraising, raising the profile of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) and provide logistical support. We develop new initiatives and attend fundraising events around our area. Naturally the greatest demands on our time are at weekends, but events do occur during the week too. We are always looking for new ways to raise funds.
Operational Team Member
Following the receipt of a suitable initial online application form, recruitment is normally via a two-day introduction to the workings of the team.
During this introduction process, interested persons will then be asked to complete a comprehensive membership application form, and if still considered suitable will then be invited to commence a minimum six week probationary period with the team.
At the conclusion of this probation period you will then be subjected to further review regarding your suitability to join the team. If you are considered suitable beyond this initial period, you will then be invited to join the Team as a Trainee Team Member for a minimum one year period.
During this trainee membership period, you will be required to attend a weekend residential course in Mountain Rescue. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
The text below gives prospective members some idea of the qualities we are looking for in someone interested in joining the team.
Essential Qualities :
Were looking for people who:
- can give a significant amount of their time on a regular basis to partake in the Team’s many activities (e.g. callouts, training, fundraising etc.);
- will show a solid commitment to the Team, its members, leaders and its aims;
- will follow instructions diligently when required;
- are confident, and can demonstrate potential leadership skills (e.g. when leading a party);
- have a reasonable level of fitness (e.g. can ascend from Ward’s Reservoir to Winter Hill Summit in under 35 minutes in normal hillwalking gear);
- are in good general health and are strong enough to carry or haul a casualty on a stretcher;
- drive, and have their own transport;
- are free every Wednesday evening for training (holidays and illness excepting);
- are ramblers, hill walkers, climbers, or mountaineers or other similar “outdoor types”, or who are already members of another Emergency Service, or who are Medical Professionals;
- have at least a basic level of hillcraft skills;
- have at least a basic level of navigation skill: map and compass navigation, grid references, bearings, map reading;
- are not afraid of heights and can move safely and confidently on steep ground;
- have an interest in, and a willingness to undertake significant training in, casualty care and casualty handling skills;
- have certain essential items of personal equipment i.e:
- Hillwalking footwear
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof overtrousers
Were looking for people who:
- have the agreement of their family to enable them to respond to callouts during evening, night time and weekend hours, and ideally a degree of flexibility in their employment to similarly respond during working hours;
- have experience in any of the following skills or occupations:
- Medical knowledge/skill (e.g. Paramedic, A&E Nurse, First Aider, First Responder, Doctor)
- Rock climbing (outdoor trad (traditional) rather than indoor walls)
- Mountaineering/Winter mountaineering
- Off-road driving
- Emergency response driving
- Emergency services experience
- Voluntary First Aid Society experience
- Radio amateur
We are looking for people with a friendly, engaging attitude and good interpersonal skills. Training will be provided for technical aspects of the role. We are looking for someone who is passionate about the work of the Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and has:
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• A strong team player
• An interest in fundraising
• Energy and enthusiasm no matter the weather!
How do you become a member?
We welcome interested parties over the age of 18 years (for insurance purposes). If you wish to join, we operate a three months’ probationary period, after which you will be provided on loan with BMRT branded clothing. You do need your own transport and email address.
How do you contact us?
Andy Wood – Support Group Chair
Bolton Mountain Rescue Team