Registered Charity Number 507694

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team members covering Pen-y-fan and surrounding areas

Enjoy the following benefits when you become part of our team:

  • Feel the reward when you help others and save the lives of those who may be lost or injured in the outdoors.
  • Share the camaraderie that comes from being a member of a mountain rescue team
  • Broaden your skills and knowledge with our extensive training in mountain rescue techniques

There are two roles:

  1. Operational Hill Team Member: Following a four stage induction & training process, we will ensure you have the necessary knowledge, training and skills to become a successful operational team member.

Operational Support:  Provide administrative support to the team and provide crucial support to the control team during callouts.

There are four stages to becoming a team member

Stage 1 – Prospective candidate

Having received your completed application form and references we will contact you to invite you to go through an induction process, which will comprise of: Induction Evening: An information evening, which will outline Central Beacon’s expectations & experience required in becoming a member of the team. The Assessment: This will be approximately 3 – 4 hours long and its objective is to give a flavour of what it is like to operate on an incident by undertaking a mountain rescue exercise. It will also give you the opportunity to talk with those in the team and the impact it may have on your personal life. Interview:  Applicants will complete and interview and from this we will decide whether to invite you to join as a trainee member of the team. Throughout the Foundation and Probationary stages trainees will be monitored and assessed with regard of their attendance, attainment and suitability for Mountain Rescue. Progress will be reviewed at the discretion of the Operational leadership.

Stage 2 – Foundation Member

A prospective member becomes a Foundation member after being invited to join the team.  Foundation member’s training starts in the January of the following year.  This training is over 10 months and covers the elements required for inclusion on the Operational Call-out list.  A Foundation member is expected to:

Attend a high level of training sessions
Attend AGM (but cannot vote)
Attend Fundraising events
Demonstrate to the leadership of the team the appropriate level of commitment, motivation, fitness and ability
At the end of the 10 months of training the team member will undertake an assessment that covers a number of the keys areas e.g. navigation, technical rescue and steep ground.

Stage 3 – Probationary Member

A Foundation member becomes a Probationary member on successfully completing their foundation assessment.  This stage covers elements required to continue their journey on becoming an experienced Operational Hill Team member. A Probationary member is expected to:

Continue to demonstrate the appropriate levels of commitment, motivation, fitness and ability
Pass their Probationary assessment after a year of training
Attend fundraising events
Attend AGM (but cannot vote)
A Probationary team member is added to the Call Out list and is placed on pager. The Foundation and Probationary period is not solely intended as a training period it also has the following objectives:

Familiarisation of the trainee with the team members and mode of operation
Trainee demonstrates suitability as a team member
Familiarisation of team members with the trainee, their strengths and weaknesses
Training in specific rescue equipment and techniques
Practice and demonstration of team working in a mountain/rescue environment

Stage 4 – Full Hill Member

This is the on-going opportunity for further personal development.

All team members must continue to satisfy the current Central Beacons MRT commitment requirements for attendance at call outs, exercises, team training, fundraising and other events for their level of membership.