Mountain Rescue England and Wales

Mountain Rescue England and Wales

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  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces

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National - Britain


“Promotes the efficiency and effectiveness of mountain rescue charities: - Ensuring high standards of training and equipment - Provide training, for searching for and rescuing people in difficulties in mountainous or inhospitable environments - Co-ordinate the work of its members engaged in larger-scale search and rescue operations - Ensure effective links with other rescue services.”


Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) works to develop good practices in mountain rescue and national training standards, provides training and insurance cover for our members, and enables coordination between the teams during major incidents.  

MREW represents the interests of mountain rescue at a national level on emergency response coordinating groups in UK Search and Rescue (UKSAR), alongside the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Fire and Ambulance Services, and other voluntary groups such as the Scottish and Irish mountain rescue organisations,  British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) and Royal National Life Boat Institution (RNLI). This vital role helps to ensure that this essential volunteer rescue service is able to meet the demands not just in our traditional mountain environment but in the broader emergency response role that we are often now asked to fulfil.

The members of MREW are the mountain rescue teams in England & Wales, working within regions. There are a number of other members, including cave rescue teams and mountain rescue search dog handlers in England and in Wales. All team members are volunteers, using well-developed, professional skills.

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