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Welcome to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team


Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team operates in the Brecon Beacons National Park incorporating Pen y Fan the highest point in southern Britain as well as the beautiful waterfalls of Ystradfellte, and Cardiff, Caerphilly and Newport. We have been supporting the communities of Mid and South Wales since 1963.

We are a voluntary organisation responsible for covering the central section of the Brecon Beacons including South Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Corn Du as well as the Ystradfellte waterfalls. The Team trains regularly, and is made up of unpaid volunteers, who give up their time to help those that need us.

Central Beacons MRT is called out by the police and our volunteers are alerted using SARCALL Incident Management Platform Further messages then inform members of where and what the incident is. Rescuers will respond to the incident either from our Base in Merthyr or directly to the location of the RV.

Covering so much more than just mountains, our area of operation includes Cardiff, Newport and the South Wales valleys. We also work closely with other mountain rescue teams in West and Mid Wales and across the English border. We are all unpaid volunteers, responding to 999 emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in any weather. We rely on donations from members of the public to carry out this essential life-saving rescue service.

We also have a Flood rescue team including Swift Water Rescue Technicians and Water First Responders we have attended flooding incidents across our operational area.

CBMRT callout with HM Coastguard Helicopter

Latest  Call Outs & News…

Northern Lights over Pen y FanThis stunning print of the Aurora Borealis over PyF is available from Gareth Johns Photography, who is kindly donating 10% of profits to Central Beacons MRT. The perfect Christmas present or treat for yourself! ... See MoreSee Less
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#ThrowbackThursdayThings have come a long way since this was aired including the technology used to call out our rescuers. One thing that hasn’t changed is the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: This afternoon (Thursday) we were called out to assist a male who’d fallen from a cliff ledge while walking with his family in Morlais Quarry, north of Merthyr Tydfil. He’d suffered injuries to both his ankles and was unable to walk.He was assessed and treated by two of our casualty carer medics, administered pain relief and splint immobilisation to his ankles. We then carried him by stretcher to the roadside for onward transportation to hospital. We keep our fingers crossed that his injuries aren’t serious and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: At 4.30pm this afternoon (Sunday) we were called out by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to assist a lady walker unable to walk after suffering a knee injury upstream from Sgwd Clun Gwyn waterfall in our waterfalls area near Ystradfellte. Using What3words technology we were able to quickly ascertain their location and get one of our casualty carer medics to the lady and her partner. After full assessment our casualty carer administered pain relief and splint immobilisation, it was then a stretcher carry out of the gorge to the couple’s car, they then self transported to hospital.We hope the lady’s injury isn’t serious and we wish her a full and speedy recovery. ... See MoreSee Less
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OTT Ultra 6 November 2021 | Free EntriesThe organisers of Off The Tarmac have kindly provided some free entries to their Ultra in November 2021 to help raise funds for Central Beacons MRT.We have 2 tickets up for grabs which will be available on a first come/first serve basis and with an expectation to raise the target amount of £150 (using our preferred platform 'Justgiving' to streamline and maximise fundraising efforts).For your chance to get a free entry please contact us at: Successful applicants will be provided with sign up details by email. Run details:This fantastic and 30 mile runnable route follows the trails from Merthyr north towards Brecon, through Garwnant and onto Beacons reservoir. Once at the far end of the reservoir the route crosses the A470 and climbs Pen y Fan (The highest peak in South Wales at 886 meters) Once at the top a descent of Jacobs ladder to the roman road then following the roman road to Torpantau and return on the trails via Taf Fechan Nature reserve back to Cyfarthfa Castle. A great route for those looking to take the step up to an Ultra event whilst also catering for the experienced ultra runner.#centralbeaconsmountainrescueteam#charityfundraiser#offthetarmac#merthyrtydfil#ultrarunningsuggested ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: Lunchtime on Wednesday, alongside colleagues from Brecon Mountain Rescue Team and the crew from Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service - EMRTS Wales #Helimed59.Following a request from Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to a lady who was reported as having collapsed, unresponsive with breathing difficulties on the main track up to Pen y Fan.Fortunately, she was not too far up the path from the car park so was reached quickly by MR, being treated by the EMRTS team before being evacuated on a stretcher and passed over into the hands of paramedics from Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust for onwards transfer to hospital.We wish her a speedy recovery.Excellent multiagency response and inter-team working.Team members then returning back to base, home and to their day ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: 4pm this afternoon (Saturday) we were called to BikePark Wales for a gentleman who’d left his bike and suffered possibly serious injuries to his shoulder and spine.We arrived to find the Bike Park First Responder had started medical treatment. One of our team paramedics administered pain relief, we then very carefully applied immobilisation by placing the gentleman in our vacuum mattress. It was then a slow, careful stretcher carry to the car park for transfer onto Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust ambulance and onward to hospital. We hope the gentleman’s injuries aren’t serious and wish him a full and speedy recovery.We’re also grateful to Bike Park for providing us with refreshments when we were back at the car park. ... See MoreSee Less
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#ThrowBackThursday Did you know that we have a long and rich history of serving communities across South Wales?Learn more about our history at ... See MoreSee Less
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Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team covers South, Mid and West Wales, Central area of the Brecon Beacons, incorporating Pen y Fan, and the Ystradfellte waterfalls, Cardiff, Caerphilly, the Valleys and Newport.