Registered charity Number 1186781

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Welcome to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team


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.

CBMRT callout with HM Coastguard Helicopter

Latest  Call Outs & News…

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Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team

Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team

The Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team operates in the Brecon Beacons National Park and surrounding areas of Mid Wales and South Wales. We have been supporting the communities of Mid and South Wales since 1963.

Registered Charity number: 1186781

Callout: This afternoon, Monday, the Team deployed to assist our colleagues and neighbours from Western Beacons Mountain Rescue Team in the treatment, rescue and extraction of a female walker, who whilst on holiday and visiting the waterfalls on the Afan Nedd had slipped and sustained an ankle injury.The lady and her partner were then able to make their own way to hospital to seek further assessment and treatment, and we hope that the injury doesn’t turn out to be to serious. ... See MoreSee Less
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Earlier this month we were invited to talk to Aberdare ladies group at Oasis Community Church about our charity and the work that we do. Following the talk the team were surprised with a very generous donation of £150. We’d like to thank the Aberdare Ladies group for their kind and generous donation. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: Late this afternoon (Thursday) we responded to assist Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust to deal with a casualty at BikePark Wales who had come off his bike, gone over the handlebars, landing on his head and shoulders. Treated by the BPW First Responder, then MR Casualty Carers and by the WAST Paramedics. With notable damage to his helmet, which undoubtedly saved his head from further injury, and a shoulder / chest injury he was fully immobilised in a vacuum mattress, evacuated by stretcher to the waiting ambulance for onwards transfer to the local trauma centre for a full assessment in hospital.Unfortunately not the most auspicious start to a planned long weekend in the area but we hope the injuries don’t turn out to be serious and he makes a speedy recovery.Team vehicles then returned to base for equipment to be sorted and restocked ready for the next call and ahead of our usual Thursday night training, which tonight was some abseiling practice in one of the local quarries, concluding with a quite nice sunset. ... See MoreSee Less
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CALLOUT(S)The team was called late last night (Friday) by Brecon Mountain Rescue Team when requested by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to assist with a search for a person reported as missing in the Fan Fawr area.As both teams were on route, alongside the Search and Rescue Dog Association South Wales, it became known that the person had made their back to their vehicle and all resources were stood down. This evening (Saturday) we were called by DPP to an incident in the Ystradfellte waterfalls area to a lady with a lower leg injury. Working alongside the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Hazardous Area Response Team #HART to extract the lady prior to being her transferred to a waiting ambulance for onwards transport to hospital and assessment at A&E.Her companions were then taken back to their car so that they could make their own way to join her. We trust her injury isn’t too serious and wish her a speedy recovery. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:Occasionally we get asked to save animal lives in addition to humans, and we’re always happy to oblige.Today (Friday) we were asked by South Wales Police to help a farmer who’d received reports of 2 of their sheep stranded on a rock ledge north of Merthyr Tydfil. Animal rescues present us with different, bigger challenges to humans and today was no different. We set up our rope rescue system and lowered a team member onto the ledge. Once he was there, both animals became uncertain, agitated and spent some time running around the ledge, raising obvious concern for the safety of our team member. The sheep agitation grew to such an extent they leapt to the surrounding ledges and those lower down the cliff face, then safely to ground level, sustaining no obvious injuries.Once we’d lowered our team member safely to the ground and we’d informed the very grateful farmer, we retrieved all rescue gear and returned to base. ... 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.