Many thanks to all who read and contributed to my short Blog on the split inside Mountain Rescue that was broken by the media yesterday. I received so many replies on Face Book, Twitter and my blog over 2000 hits on the blog alone. All the replies that came through the Blog are shown on yesterdays piece and are well worth a read.
I was glad that most of the comments were sensible and many see why this has happened within Mountain Rescue. The pressure on some teams due to the ever-increasing tasks they are asked to do outside their initial remit is relentless for some teams and Mountain Rescue should never be used as cheap labour, a point that was stressed by many. Most of our Outside Agencies are having hard times due to financial cuts and I can only see this getting worse and as the population ages we will have in my mind more incidents that fall into the Non Mountaineering category. Mountain Rescue Teams will be called to assist in these and how can you not get involved in local problems in times of crisis. These could be natural disasters,floods or heavy snow where the local services need help. Young children going missing or searches for vulnerable people (it could be your family) in your area. These things occur and as we know there is so much more pressure on services and people nowadays. I am sure there is no way that Mountain Rescue would not assist in local incidents as some have commented on.
In the end it will may need the “Wisdom of Solomon” to sort it out but I do agree it is now time to discuss and decide on the future of Mountain Rescue. Is it time to use and train other agencies that can help ease the pressure, these may mean big changes for the future? The Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) cope with the different aspects of their tasking and had a split many years ago that works well now!
Maybe it takes decisions like these to let the authorities understand what they have and not to take it for granted?
Thanks again for all the comments and advice and please read some of yesterdays comments that are on the Blog, they make great reading!
Now let’s get this weather sorted and out on the hill as that is what its all about!