Welcome to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team
Recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
ON CALL 24/7: 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR: WHATEVER THE WEATHER
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 sarcall.com. 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.
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