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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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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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Catherine Runs a Marathon

Catherine Runs A Marathon


I experienced mixed feelings of shock, disbelief and excitement when I discovered I had a ballot place in the London Marathon! How the heck was I going to run a marathon?! It’s a very long way! However one thing I was very certain of. I was not going to waste such a fantastic opportunity of raising money for charity. And the charity had to be Central Beacons Mountain Rescue. This is why – 

In August 2017 we were enjoying the last day of our family holiday in South Wales. Earlier in the week we had walked up Pen Y Fan and thought another walk would be a great way to round off our holiday in Wales. We decided on the Brecon Beacons waterfall walk and set off looking forward to visiting all four waterfalls. I was particularly excited about showing our children the last waterfall because I knew how much they would love walking behind its cascade. Unfortunately, we never made it to this waterfall. 

At the third waterfall, my son lost his footing on the path directly above the waterfall and fell a considerable distance. We rushed to be with him and quickly realised he had sustained a bad injury to his leg, and feared possibly more serious injuries as well. Thankfully a group of walkers came to our aid. Some stayed to help me keep him as comfortable as possible, and most importantly conscious. There was no mobile signal so a couple scrambled up to call emergency services.

It was such a relief when we heard a helicopter and as if by magic the mountain rescue team arrived on foot. Our son was winched out by the Maritime and Coastguard helicopter with amazing skill. He was then flown to Morriston Hospital in under 10 minutes.  

After being assssed in the A&E department we were told our son had a badly broken leg and a small chip out of his collar bone. Bearing in mind the distance he fell he was considerably fortunate not to have suffered life long injuries. 

In all we received help from Mountain Rescue, Maritime and Coastguard Agency Helicopter, Wales Air Ambulance, Wales Ambulance Service, and Dyfed Powys Police. We will be forever indebted to these agencies.

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue is made up of volunteers, on-call 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The volunteers give up their time to help those who need them. Despite being an integral part of the emergency services they are not funded by the government. They rely 100% on donations and fundraising.


Please donate whatever you can. Thank you.

Planning an adventure? #BeAdventureSmart

Planning an adventure? #BeAdventureSmart

There are many, many ways to enjoy the mountains. And whether you’re walking, climbing, running, cycling or skiing, they can be as treacherous as they are inspiring. Whichever way you plan to enjoy the mountains, #BeAdventureSmart

Ask yourself these three questions first…

Do I have the right gear?

Do I know what the weather will be like?

Am I confident that I have the knowledge and skills for the day?

If the answer is yes to all these, then off you go, have a fantastic day! Not sure? Click here for a few tips to keep you safe

There are many, many ways to enjoy the mountains. And whether you’re walking, climbing, running, cycling or skiing, they can be as treacherous as they are inspiring.

Many accidents occur towards the end of the day when both you and your phone are low on energy. But there are steps you can take to keep you and your party safe, and many of these are before you even leave home. Why not download our latest safety leaflet, produced in collaboration with AdventureSmartUK and Cicerone? It’s packed with useful safety tips and step-by-step instructions for calling out mountain rescue, in case of emergency. Worth keeping handy in your rucksack! And there’s our Safety Fact File too.

And don’t forget VARTA’s handy guides: Winter Walking Guide or the Spring/Summer Guide. They might just save your life!

Whichever way you plan to enjoy the mountains, be #adventuresmart

Ask yourself these three questions first…

Do I have the right gear?

Do I know what the weather will be like?

Am I confident that I have the knowledge and skills for the day?

To find out more about how you can make a good day better, check out AdventureSmartUK

Covid 19 Press Release

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
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

Sally Seed MREW Press Officer –

Fire recovery – Next steps

Fire recovery – Next steps

Help us secure our future

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team needs your help.

Since November 2017, when our rescue base was damaged in a fire, weve been very lucky to have been given a temporary home by South Wales Fire & Rescue Service at Merthyr Fire Station.

But we need to make a few improvements, and to get some security gates installed to protect our vital lifesaving equipment.

Last year we rescued over 120 people thanks to the support we receive from donors.

Any donation, small or large, would be gratefully received towards our £7,500 target.

Thanks for reading.



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Covid 19 Press Release

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,...

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Fire recovery – Next steps

Help us secure our future Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team needs your help. Since November 2017, when our rescue base was damaged in a fire, weve been very lucky to have been given a temporary home by South Wales Fire & Rescue Service at Merthyr Fire Station....

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Mary’s Marathon Triumph

Thank you Mary! A huge thank you to Mary Eggins who took part in the 2019 London Marathon to raise funds for us. We rely on fundraising to carry out our work so we are extremely grateful for the money Mary has raised. Mary has raised over £3000 and is doing one last...

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Freemasons of South Wales

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team is pleased to announce the commissioning of a brand new response vehicle. A gift from the Freemasons of South Wales. On Friday 12 April Team Leader Penny Brockman, accompanied by other members of CBMRT, were honoured to be invited...

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CBMRT Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

We support International Women's Day 2019 #BalanceforBetter a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Central Beacons is 1 of 5 teams in Mountain rescue England and Wales to have a female Team Leader. Central Beacons recognise our Team is stronger...

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Off The Tarmac Events

Find your next trail run or ultra marathon in Wales. Visit: Book tickets via:

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Be a charity skydiver in 2019

We are pleased to announce our charity partnership with Sky Dive Swansea   Experience the thrill of a life time by jumping from up to 12,000 feet! A skydive is often one of the top items on many people's 'Bucket Lists', by supporting CBMRT and raising the required...

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Fire at our rescue base

A year ago today, a major fire devastated our base, destroying all our vehicles, equipment and causing major damage to the building itself. But it didn’t destroy us as a team. Within days we were responding to a call for help and, since the fire, we’ve undertaken 138...

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Gauntlet Games Cardiff 2019

CBMRT supporters can now raise money for us by taking part in this hilarious obstacle course. The Gauntlet Games is a hilarious obstacle course race coming back to Cardiff, Brighton / Crawley and Manchester in 2018. Run 5k or 10k, taking on giant inflatables, slides,...

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Beast from the East

As much of the UK was affected by The Beast from the East & storm Emma, Mountain Rescue Teams across the country were on call to assist our local communities. From Thursday 1st March to Saturday 3rd, CBMRT provided around the clock shifts of up to 12 team members...

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Himalayan Encounters – Fundraising Event

An Evening with Alan Ward   International Mountain Leader Wednesday 2nd May 2018 19:15 - 21:00 In Aid of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team Fire Recovery Fund Come and hear Alan Ward talk about his trekking experiences in Nepal and ladakh India and be inspired...

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