Vehicle boosts mountain rescue team's work

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The team said the vehicle will provide much-needed support

A mountain rescue team said its searches will be given a boost thanks to a new vehicle.

The North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team used a £50,000 grant from the People's Millions lottery fund to buy a mobile control vehicle.

It will provide the team with a command centre to plan operations.

A spokesman for the team said the vehicle would help searches run more quickly and efficiently.

Team chairman Ian Thompson said: "Although mountain rescue will always be about team members searching on foot in all weathers and at all hours, this vehicle will provide much-needed support.

"In the past, search planners have worked out of the back of a Land Rover, or in the corner of a barn - not the best environment for planning what can be a very complex operation."

The team operates throughout Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

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