Matlock Luncheon Club recently enjoyed their Christmas get together at the Peak Edge Hotel which had been beautifully decorated for the occasion.
Following a traditional festive lunch, Pat Parsons from the Derby Mountain Rescue Team described its vital voluntary service which will celebrate its ‘diamond’ anniversary next year. DMRT is part of the nationwide Search and Rescue, SAR, provision and responds to requests for help from the Police and Ambulance Services. It’s not all about mountains; the Team responds to calls for help from ill or injured climbers, walkers, riders, the elderly, lost children and those who have become despondent. Also, it’s not all about people; Pat described the poignant and dramatic rescue of a dog, Figgy, who finally emerged unscathed from a rescuer’s backpack!
Volunteer rescuers undergo a rigorous two-year training course supported by a great team of voluntary support workers. Great assets are specially trained search dogs and most recently, the use of drones.
Pat, himself, became a volunteer having been rescued by the Team after a particularly nasty fall. He does a great job, amongst numerous other administrative tasks, promoting the service and helping to raise the £40,000 annual maintenance cost.
All quite inspirational!
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