Registered charity Number 1186781

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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

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

#event | Sunday 17th July 10am - 4pm at South Wales Police HQ. We will be attending South Wales Police Family fun day. We will be displaying our state of the art rescue vehicle and equipment so why not come down and meet some of the team. | We’ll be hosting a free family fun day on Sunday 17th July from 10am to 4pm at our HQ in Bridgend.There will be several attractions, activities and demonstrations taking place including ⬇️🐶 A chance to meet our wellbeing dogs🚗 A vintage car display🧒 Kids uniform dress up and an opportunity to meet Billy Blue🏛️ Tours of our Heritage centre 🐕 Police dog demonstrationsAnd more!💬 Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan "If you and your family want to see some of the work we do, and meet those that help keep your community safe, I'd really like to welcome you all to our family day. I can’t promise the weather, but I can assure you it will be a fantastic day." 💙There will be no parking on site and event parking will be at Kingsway only. ❗ Disabled and elderly parking will be available in the visitor’s car park at the front of HQ. 📧 Tours of the Heritage Centre can be booked by emailing ... See MoreSee Less
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King of the hill Some of our eagle eyed followers may have spotted us in Autocar this month.We were joined recently by Piers Ward of Autocar to talk about our fleet of rescue vehicles and he got to experience first hand what it’s like to be rescued by the team. You can read the full story in Autocar which is on sale now and will be available online from 17 July at credit: Autocar / Luc Lacey (insta: @luclaceyautomotive, twitter: @LucLaceyPhoto) ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:Our 71st request of 2022 for assistance happened at 8:30pm tonight (Sunday) when we were called out by South Wales Police to assist Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust #HART with the rescue of a female reported injured after a fall from height on the mountain above Pentre, Rhondda. As team members were heading to the rendezvous point our WAST friends discovered the location of the injured lady wasn’t as serious as first thought and they were able to deal with. Shortly after 9pm we were stood down and able to return to our base and our homes. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout: Tuesday 21st, 12:40, Four Waterfalls Walk, Ystradfellte Called by Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police to a 74yo male who was possibly suffering a stroke. Visiting the area for the day the. gentleman had collapsed whilst out walking the popular Four Waterfalls trail with his companion.Fortunately, whilst the team was on route one of the Brecon Beacons National Park wardens who was in the area made their way to the casualty and was able to undertake an initial FAST stroke assessment and determined that it was unlikely to be a stroke but nevertheless the gentleman still needed further medical assessment.MR casualty carers attended and likewise concluded it wasn’t a stroke but that the gentleman had suffered a bit of a turn and fainted, mostly likely due to lack of fluids and the heat.After resting, being given some fluids and the all important jelly babies to improve his energy levels he was carefully walked the short distance to our vehicle and driven back to the control point.After further rest and discussion with Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust the couple were taken back into their car to make their way home, with advice to attend hospital for further checkups if he felt at all unwell.With thanks to our colleagues at Brecon MRT who were on standby to assist had it turned out to be more serious and a stretcher evacuation been required. ... See MoreSee Less
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Callout:We were out yesterday (Monday) afternoon after a call was made to Heddlu Dyfed-Powys Police from two walkers in the Brecon Beacons National Park#waterfalls area. One of the walkers had fallen and injured their lower leg. Our team doctor and casualty care medic diagnosed a suspected fracture of the gentleman’s ankle, he was treated with pain relief and his leg immobilised before being carried by stretcher to our control vehicle. From there we helped him into his own transport for his partner to take him to hospital. We wish him a full speedy recovery. ... 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.