News Release
Mountain Rescue England and Wales response to
Coronavirus, COVID-19
Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is following the national health
protection advice and applying it to its situation – just like everyone else.
MREW’s priority is resilience, making sure that as many of its trained
volunteers are as available as possible for call outs. This means reducing
face-to-face meetings (and using online equivalents) and postponing all but
essential training so that we reduce the chances of spread among our
volunteers.
We’re also aware that a lot of MR volunteers have day jobs that will be
important in the coming weeks and months – paramedics, NHS staff etc – so
we need to be enabling them to stay well and focus on that work.
The public can play a role in helping us to provide an effective service: If
people require assistance but suspect they may have Covid-19 or have been
in contact with someone who has it then MR asks them, please, to tell the
Police this information as soon as they can when calling 999 for help. That
way, teams can be prepared.
“Being outdoors has all sorts of health benefits – mental and physical,” says
Mike France, Chairman of MREW, “and we are happy to encourage
individuals to get outdoors. However, at the moment, we ask people not to
take any unnecessary risks. If they are going to go out, they should walk,
climb and cycle well within their capabilities so that they’re more likely to
stay safe.”

Further media enquiries to:
Andy Simpson
MREW Media and Communications Director media@mountain.rescue.org.uk

Sally Seed MREW Press Officer – sally.seed@btconnect.com