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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…

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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Callout:Just before 1.30pm today (Tuesday) we were called out by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to a lady walker who’d tripped and seriously injured her ankle on the footpath to Sgwd y Pannwr waterfall in our waterfalls area, despite her trying she was unable to walk any further. Thanks to the area’s marker post numbering system we immediately knew where the lady and her companions were and we were quickly on scene. The lady was treated by one of our casualty carer medics with pain relief and splint immobilisation, we then stretcher carried her to her vehicle transport to hospital.We very much hope it’s not a serious injury and we hope she makes a full and speedy recovery. We are grateful to the Brecon Beacons National Park #Wardens who were on duty in the area and dropped what they were doing to assist us, and to the two lady healthcare professionals who were passing and stopped their afternoon’s walk to help until we arrived - whoever you are, thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
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Callouts:We’ve had another busy weekend: Yesterday (Saturday), we had a long day out helping support the Trekfest Challenge, an event of multiple walking distances to be completed within specified times across the Brecon Beacons. We provided medical treatment at check points and our shift system enabled cover from 8.00 until midnight but thankfully no serious injuries arose, other than lots of first aid for weary joints and legs. With thanks to Foundry 4x4 Limited for providing their vehicle support. This afternoon (Sunday), we were called out by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to a 13 year old young man with an ankle injury while walking with his mum and dad in our waterfalls area. One of our casualty carer medics administered pain relief and immobilisation to the ankle, we then stretcher carried him to their family car for onward transport to hospital. We are very grateful to the Wardens of Brecon Beacons National Park for their help and support during this rescue which made such a difference to the successful outcome. On arriving back at our base we were called back out to assist our Brecon Mountain Rescue Teamcolleagues with a walker and another injured ankle on the footpath between Pen Y Fan and Cribyn mountains. Treated with pain relief and immobilisation we helped stretcher carry them to the Neuadd car park for onward transport to hospital.While this was happening we were contacted again by Dyfed Powys Police about another incident involving two lost walkers. One of our incident controllers ascertained they were in our neighbour’s area and the request was passed to Western Beacons Mountain Rescue TeamWith all our persons and vehicles back at base to be made ready for the next callout, we were on our way home just before 10pm. ... See MoreSee Less
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£500 Donation | THANK YOU 🙏 Today we would like to thank Hawthorn Inn, Pontypridd pub quiz organisers and their customers for donating £500 to Central Beacons MRT. The funds were raised at the weekly quiz and we are grateful that Central Beacons MRT were chosen to receive this generous donation. This week some team members took time out from flexing their mountain rescue skills to flex the ‘grey matter’, pictured bellow receiving the donation is a member of our operational support team and our medical officer. If you would like to donate to our life saving work or find out other ways you can support us, visit us ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:Our 90th callout of 2021 was at 9.30pm last night (Friday) to assist South Wales Police officers with a vulnerable person on the mountain above Taffs Well.Team members spent 3 hours providing help and support to police colleagues in damp, drizzly weather on very steep and slippery ground. By the early hours of Saturday, everyone was safely off the mountain and returning home. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is #999Day when we celebrate the work of the emergency services in the UK. Please join us in recognising the commitment and dedication of our volunteers #emergencyservicesday2021 #Volunteers#centralbeaconsmountainrescue ... See MoreSee Less
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Thursday evening is usually a training evening for the team but last Thursday Central Beacons took time out to proudly celebrate our members who have achieved in excess of 500 combined volunteering years. We were honoured to have the Chief Constable of South Wales Police, Mr Jeremy Vaughan presenting the Long Service Awards of 5, 10, 20, 30 and 40 years and as well the certificates to our newer members who had passed their Foundation and Probationary stages of the team.We also want to thank the Summit Centre for their fantastic hospitality and our good friend Richard Paskell, Chief Volunteer of St John Ambulance Cymru who was able to celebrate this evening with us. ... 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.