Penrith MRT at the scene of a rescue on Bampton Common. Photo: Penrith MRT

Penrith MRT at the scene of a rescue on Bampton Common. Photo: Penrith MRT

A volunteer rescue team in Cumbria is looking for new recruits.

Penrith Mountain Rescue Team covers a large area including the Lake District fells around Haweswater and the northern Pennines, including Cross Fell, the highest hill in the range.

The team which, like all volunteer mountain rescue teams in the UK, is funded by donations, and is on call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Its members are unpaid.

Last year it responded to 60 callouts, and in 2014 it was in action 63 times.

A team spokesperson said: “Potential members need to be experienced hillwalkers or mountaineers who are fit and healthy.

“Members are expected to be willing and able to operate and navigate in all weathers and in darkness. Climbing skills are not necessary but members need to be confident on steep ground.

“All team members are expected to attend training sessions and fundraising events.”

Recruits should live in the Penrith, Carlisle and surrounding areas.

More details and application form are on the team’s website. Closing date is 31 October.

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