Kinder Mountain Rescue Team, currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is one of 7 teams within the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation (PDMRO) and is a self-funded, registered charity (Reg. No 1115933).
We are most often mobilised under the control of the Police to provide search and mountain rescue services 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, but we also respond to requests for help from the Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Services. This assistance is usually within our operational area but we may be asked to mobilise nationally to Major Incidents.
We are based in the picturesque village of Hayfield, in the Peak District; over ten million people visit the Peak District annually and many of those come to see sights such as Kinder Downfall and to wander around the Kinder Edges. We rescue walkers, climbers, fell runners and mountain bikers from the wild and high places of the western Peak District in addition to carrying out urban and lowland searches to assist the Police with missing/vulnerable people or helping the Ambulance Service access patients in difficult locations. We also have a specialist water rescue team that can search rivers, lakes and reservoirs, can carry out rescues in swift running water and respond to floods and other significant water-related incidents.
The Team’s operational area covers an area that includes the plateau and western edge of Kinder Scout, the highest point in the Peak District, and westward through Stockport as far as the M60 motorway, taking in other towns and villages such as Marple, Whaley Bridge and Macclesfield. We often work closely with other local mountain rescue teams within the PDMRO, including Glossop, Buxton, Woodhead, Oldham, Edale and Derby, but may be called to assist any other team nationally including Lowland SAR teams, most often Cheshire Search and Rescue Team.
The team’s 50 members are all unpaid volunteers, giving up their free time to attend call-outs, to train and to undertake fund-raising. As a self-funded charity we rely on public donations and other similar sources of income to cover the team’s annual running costs of over £35,000 per year; if you would like to help us by making a donation, you can donate through our JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/kmrt/donate.