To become a member of Longtown Mountain Rescue Team you must first complete an application form and skills list which are available from the Team Membership Secretary. Although the skills list covers all aspects of mountain rescue, it is designed to give the team an idea of your current level of knowledge, we do not expect you to be proficient in all subjects. As long as you have a basic mountaineering knowledge and you are able to commit yourself to attend regular training sessions the team will teach you the other rescue skills.
If accepted you will be offered prospective membership of the team and you will be allocated a full team member as a "buddy". The "buddy" will be responsible for making sure that your training needs and concerns are brought to the attention of the training officer and will coordinate the implementation of your training. This will involve attending the team training sessions which are held three times a month.
Once you have demonstrated, to the satisfaction of the team leader, you are "mountain safe" you will then be eligible to become a probationary member.
During your probationary period you will undergo a number of assessments e.g. day/night navigation, crag skills, knowledge of team equipment and casualty care, which you will have to successfully pass before being offered full membership of the team.
Our main operating area is the easterly section of the Brecon Beacons National Park, an area known as the Black Mountains, popular amongst walkers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts. The Brecon Beacons cover an area of some 520 square miles and much of the park is over 800ft(244m) above sea level. The main summits are over 2000ft(610m) high and the whole area is of varied terrain from open moorland to dense forests and barren peaks.The team is not however purely confined to the mountainous regions, we operate in lowlands and urban areas if necessary, as far north as the southern reaches of Snowdonia and south to the Bristol Channel.