Leeds & West Yorkshire

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to have new base

The countryside around Marsden
Image caption The rescue team works in urban environments as well as upland areas

Marsden fire station, in West Yorkshire, is to be bought as a permanent base to Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT).

The fire station has not been operational since April.

The volunteer rescue team covers the southern half of the county and occupies part of the station and keeps two rescue vehicles in the building.

It said the site offered excellent access to Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Leeds, Wakefield and Castleford.

'Valuable community asset'

HVMRT was formed in 1965 and covers terrain ranging from rugged open moorland to built-up urban areas.

Owen Phillips, HVMRT spokesman, said the building gave "security for the future" and would remain "a valuable community asset".

He added "considerable funds" had to be be raised over the next two years and he hoped the local community would help raise money to complete the purchase.

Mr Phillips said the role of mountain rescue was not just helping those in difficulty on upland areas.

The team frequently search for missing people and assist ambulances in bad weather.

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