Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) is pleased to announce the purchase of a satellite base on the edge of Burnley. This has been the culmination of more than 30 years of fundraising and will improve the service we provide to the communities throughout East Lancashire.
Team Leader, Pete Goble, commented:
‘We have long recognised that our Clegg Street base in Haslingden is no longer sufficient for the team that we now are. We have vehicles that are parked outside and age prematurely as a result. With this new unit in Farrington Court we will be able to store all our ambulances inside and protect them from the elements. Over the last four years we have raised funds to replace the whole fleet, and by storing them inside, the life expectancy of the ambulances will be extended.’
RPMRT will retain their main base in Clegg Street in Haslingden, where up to two ambulances can be stored and the training facility utilised. Our operational capabilities will be enhanced by having ambulances stationed in the two locations. Our call outs are spread through Pendle, Burnley, Blackburn, Rossendale and parts of Greater Manchester. By having ambulances situated close to the M65, the response time to incidents in Burnley, Pendle and Blackburn will be reduced while not impacting on the current response times to incidents in the rest of our area.
Chairman, Andy Simpson, commented:
‘This is an exciting development for the Team and will improve the voluntary public service that we provide to the local community for free, as well as improving the long term sustainability of the Team. We provide a service that covers a lot more than just mountains. In 2014 alone we attended incidents along the Leeds-Liverpool canal towpath, in Burnley and in Blackburn. Much of the public are not aware that we provide a search and rescue service throughout the area, and not just a mountain rescue service. They are surprised when they realise that they may actually require our services one day when they are going for a Sunday afternoon stroll along the canal or their elderly relative suffering from dementia goes missing. We thank the public for their support and hope that they will continue to support us in the future.’
The satellite base will be developed over time, as further funds are raised. Proposed works include upgrading the security, providing an indoor rope training area and classroom, installation of electrics to allow for the ambulances to be plugged in while not in use, installation of welfare facilities and equipment drying/storage areas.
The new training area will allow us to bring local scout, cubs, guides and other local groups to the base and let them learn about our equipment and what we do. They will also have the opportunity to learn how to improve their safety while out on the hill from this new facility. It will be a real community asset for the local area.
We are appealing to local or national companies for help to develop this community asset. We are not asking for cash, although this is always gratefully received, but for equipment, materials and labour to transform the industrial unit into the modern base that will benefit the community. We will raise the funds to do this, but it will take time. The more support from the local companies we can get, the sooner this conversion can be completed. If you can offer help, please do not hesitate to contact Victoria on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The development will go in several stages. The first stage will be to make it secure and work for the Team on an emergency call out and operational capacity, after which we will hold a formal opening ceremony. Looking to the future, we will raise funds to develop the training capacity of base further with things like rope rescue training facilities, further improvements to the education and training room and will consider enhanced insulation, solar panels, etc. to improve the carbon footprint of the Team. This, of course, all costs money which is hard for a charity such as ours to raise, so all help is gratefully received.