As the snowy weather continues and as you might expect mountain rescue teams have been helping out during the recent snowy weather and to do so have been relying on their well-equipped Land Rover Defender 110s.
The Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team (NNPMRT) along with North of Tyne SRT, were called on for help by the North East Ambulance Service last week. The mountain rescue team despatched two Land Rover Defender 4x4 ambulances with the team's medical staff on board to various locations throughout the north east to assist frontline ambulance crews in the transfer of patients and staff, the recovery of stranded NEAS vehicles and to respond to calls alongside NEAS crews. This assistance is continuing as volunteers have been working up to 14 hour days and have remained on standby throughout the nights. The team was asked to assist crews with urgent and non-urgent calls in areas including Berwick, Alnwick, North Shields, Dudley, Bedlington, Ashington, Morpeth and Hexham. One crew was requested to transfer a patient from Berwick to the Borders General Hospital in Melrose.
Nearby the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team was called in to deliver essential supplies to an animal sanctuary which has been cut off by the snow since Christmas Day. Food was running low for Dave and Sally Rowley and the 150 animals at the shelter near Stanhope in County Durham. Members of the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team used their 4x4s to get as close to the remote farmhouse as they could. The supplies were then loaded into sledges and dragged across the fields.
Scott Bissett, from the team, said, "Despite deep snow we were able to get within 300 metres of the farm. We then loaded all of the supplies onto two sledges and pulled them across the fields. I think the owners were very pleased to see us!"
Further south the Calder Valley Mountain Rescue team starred on the BBC news as it rescued snowbound motorists on hilltop Pennine roads leading out of the Calder Vally in West Yorkshire. The team's 110, fitted with snow chains, was used to tow vehicles and ferry drivers to safety. See the video clip f the team and its Defender in action at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8446200.stm