Leeds & West Yorkshire

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team secures first permanent base

Vehicles in the new headquarters Image copyright HVMRT
Image caption The HVMRT took up residence in the building in 2013

Marsden fire station has been purchased as the first permanent base for Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT).

The building has not operated as a fire station since its closure in 2013.

The HVMRT took up residence in the West Yorkshire building after paying a deposit but has now bought the building outright.

The volunteer rescue team keeps two rescue vehicles in the building. It was formed 50 years ago and covers the southern half of the county.

Owen Phillips, of the HVMRT said: "Having a dedicated building with facilities to store and maintain equipment is vital."

An official opening of the building is planned for April.

The HVMRT covers terrain ranging from rugged open moorland to built-up urban areas.

The volunteer team receives no official funding but has annual running costs of about £20,000.

It responds to about 25 to 30 incidents a year.

These include people injured on the moors and crags, searching for missing persons, evacuating casualties from difficult locations and helping the ambulance service during harsh winters.

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