Essential Facts

What is BMRT?

  • BMRT has been operating since 1964
  • We are the second busiest team in the Peak District
  • Our operational area covers ca 400 sq. miles spread across Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire
  • We have an operational strength of c. 60 (including trainee members and operational support), plus 4 search dogs (1 graded and 3 trainee)
  • We run a fleet of 2 vehicles, an operational support unit and a fundraising trailer
  • We attend to c. 70 team call outs per year, and c. 15 search dog call outs per year – on average
  • We have good connections with the local community and links to wider, national groups associated with mountain rescue activity

Mountain Rescue

Buxton team is one of seven civilian teams making up the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation. We are a member of the Mountain Rescue Council of England and Wales, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2008.

Accolades and recognition

  • Regional winner from the Community Groups category for the East Midlands region of the “Nationwide” Community & Heritage Awards 2008
  • Derbyshire Excellence in the Community Award 2007. Presented by Derbyshire County Council in November 2007
  • BT Chairman’s Award – outstanding dedication and commitment to the community (Roger Bennett), 2003, 2005/6, 2006/7 and 2007
  • The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. Presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire , Mr John Bather, to 33 BMRT members on the 6 March 2003
  • The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award – for voluntary service by groups in the community. Presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire, Mr John Bather, on the 2 June 2003
  • Derbyshire Constabulary – Chief Constable’s Commendation, 12 November 2001
  • The Co-operative Society – Community Drive Award, October 1999
  • St John Ambulance – Association of British Insurers Medical Community Awards, Bronze Medal, 6 September 1992

Royal support

  • BMRT HQ was opened on 14 June, 1990 by HRH The Princess of Wales. This is now our Training and Meeting room.
  • BMRT Operational HQ opened 12 March, 2003 by HRH The Duke of York. This building houses the team’s vehicles, equipment, climbing wall and incident control centre.

Contact details

BMRT are unable to respond to rescue calls made direct to us; these must be handled via the police.
However, please feel free to contact us regarding any non-emergency issues such as the information on this website, membership, funding, donations or sponsorship.