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Welcome to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team

Recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


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.

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2022

We are absolutely delighted and immensely proud to have our fifty-nine years of service to the community recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest accolade for any charity. This award is a testament to the dedication and commitment of team members, past and present, who have remained on call 24/7, throughout the year — whatever the weather — to help those who are injured or need help in the hills and localities of South Wales.  It is recognition too for the families and employers who stand compassionately behind us, as we leave home or work at a moment’s notice to help others. We couldn’t do what we do without their support and understanding.

CBMRT callout with HM Coastguard Helicopter

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Our physical copy of Mountain Rescue magazine has arrived, got your FREE copy?You can read about all things rescue via the FREE digital copy (link in the comments). #centralbeaconsmrt#saturdaymorning#eatsleeprescuerepeat#mountainrescue ... See MoreSee Less
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Callouts: Thursday 28 July into Friday 29 July.As we were heading home from our usual Thursday night training we were requested to assist South Wales Police with the rescue of an elderly male with Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s who’d fallen down a steep slope into trees at Quakers Yard, Treharris. As we were en route, police officers on scene found a way to reach the person and able to escort him to safety. While we were being stood down, the police control room informed us of another incident requesting our assistance. We diverted to Cwmbach, Aberdare to assist officers with the rescue of a vulnerable young person off the mountain. With one team of hill members taking rescue equipment from one side of the mountain, a second team headed to the casualty site from another side. Thanks to good radio communications with officers on scene, the second team were soon with them and able to assist with escorting the person off the mountain to safety. At our earlier training we welcomed a long standing friend from Bolton Mountain Rescue Team as a guest for the evening and it was great to have Diane join us on the incident to help out. In the early hours of Friday we were on our way back to base and homes after a very busy night. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thankful ThursdaySomeone told us that today is #ThankfulThursday, so what have we got to be thankful for? We are thankful to all of our supporters and for everyone that have read our call out posts and made donations!Central Beacons Mountain Rescue team are one of the busiest teams in Wales and we need every penny we can get to ensure we are able to deliver our services to the community. We have responded to over 80 emergency calls so far this year and those we rescue and their families are thankful for what we do. This month we have raised an extra £75 so far via our Facebook posts and every penny from your donations goes to helping us to help others. If you’d like to support us you can find out more on our website it is also #ThrowbackThursday we hope you enjoy the photo collage from some of our rescues this year. #ThankfulThursday#centralbeaconsmrt#charity ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:Wednesday 27 July @ 1.50pm: Four Waterfalls Walk, Brecon Beacons National ParkWe were called out this afternoon by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to help a male walker who’d fallen, rolled over on his ankle and was unable to walk due to the pain. His companions were able to access #What3Words which gave us a good indication of their location and our casualty care medics were soon with them. With pain relief administered, we placed him on one of our stretchers and carried him to the group’s vehicle for his companions to drive him to hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery and we hope his injury isn’t a serious one.And the story continues - As we were leaving for home, we were flagged down and asked for help by a group of young walkers undertaking their DofE Award expedition. One of their group had sustained an ankle injury and was struggling to walk. Thankfully, we were able to get good communication with their supervisor and we quickly reunited them at Cwm Porth car park. ... 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.