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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

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Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team

The Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team operates in the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounding areas of Mid Wales and South Wales. We have been supporting the communities of Mid and South Wales since 1963.

Registered Charity number: 1186781

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Callout:Our 4th callout of the year came along just before 4pm this afternoon (Sunday) with us being contacted by South Wales Police. Two walkers had become stuck on very steep and rocky ground above Tonypandy, Rhondda. They’d attempted a self rescue but with concerns they’d get into a worse situation, and with daylight fading, they did the right thing and called for help.Using #PhoneFind technology we were able to get a confident fix of their position and our first 4 members who arrived at the rendezvous point were soon on the hill. After ascending very tricky and challenging terrain, we were quickly with the two walkers, they were thankfully uninjured but very cold. They were given some warm clothing and heat packs, after being given a check over by one of our team paramedics we slowly and carefully escorted them to safety, needing the use of a confidence rope due to nature of the terrain. As darkness fell we arrived back at the roadside all safe and sound. We’d like to thank the occupants of a local cottage for their help and local knowledge, as well as all the local residents who came to their doorsteps to offer hot drinks and snacks, thank you all. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: The team responded this afternoon to assist our colleagues at Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, who had been alerted to an incident with a casualty on the main path up to Pen y Fan.The lady had slipped in the snowy conditions and sustained a very painful ankle injury. Attended to by one of the BMRT paramedics, and MR casualty carers, the casualty was treated, given pain relief and then evacuated off the mountain by stretcher to an awaiting Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust truck.Both teams would express their thanks to other walkers on the hill who had stopped to help the lady and did their best to provide her with shelter whilst Mountain Rescue assistance was requested.The mild weather of recent days has now gone and cold wintery conditions are very much here, with snow and ice on the tops making conditions potentially treacherous underfoot.So please if you are thinking of heading up make sure you are appropriately equipped, with suitable clothing, footware and equipment / experience for the prevailing conditions, which are very different on the tops from those that might be found in the car park.Heddlu Dyfed-Powys ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:Our first callout of the year saw us spending New Year Bank Holiday Monday night searching the Pant Y Creigiau area of the Brecon Beacons.Soon after 4pm we were called out by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police who’d received a report of concern for the welfare of two adults and three children seen walking in low cloud and heavy rain across the mountain.We searched the mountain area between Torpantau and Dol Y Gaer, enlisting support from our colleagues at Brecon Mountain Rescue Team who searched the Tor Y Foel area, 4 search dogs from Search and Rescue Dog Association South Wales and Maritime and Coastguard Agency #StAthan who overflew large expanses of area around the Taf Fechan valley.After 3 hours of searching in poor weather and low cloud, including checking all car parks in the area, we had comprehensively covered all feasible options. With no reports to Police authorities of anyone missing, overdue or in distress, we stood down all search assets. We returned to our base and homes treating this as one of those occasions of false alarm with good intent. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:Teatime on New Years Eve produced our 117th callout of the year. We were contacted by South Wales Police (SWP) to assist in the search for a vulnerable person believed to be on the mountain above Pentre, Rhondda.After we arrived on scene some terrific multi agency working followed, working seamlessly with local police officers, SWP Drone Team, SWP TS Team, SWP Control Room and RRV Paramedic from Welsh Ambulance Services NHS TrustThe person was soon located and walked off the mountain to safety. Shortly after 8pm, team members were back home and able to play catch up with their respective New Years Eve planned events.Happy New Year everyone! ... 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.