A new minibus is set to make life easier for rescue volunteers – and bring benefits to the lost and injured people they assist every year in the Peak District.
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team’s new Transit, which was handed over by supplying dealer GK Group Chesterfield, will enable the rescuers to get closer to where they are needed, even in the depths of winter.
Deputy team leader Malcolm Needham, said: “A typical mountain search or rescue can involve quite a number of team members and an enormous amount of kit.
“Our old Transit was a lifeline, but this new one is All Wheel Drive and that will be a huge help to us in bad weather, like that we experienced in the Peak District last winter.”
Buxton Mountain Rescue Team’s resources were called out 116 times last year, typically to bring assistance to walkers who have slipped and twisted or broken an ankle, to help locate missing walkers or tend to mountain-bikers or hang-gliders who have been injured, usually in areas of the Peak National Park with difficult access.
The team is funded entirely from donations.
Malcolm said: “It took a lot of tin-rattling to raise the money to buy the new minibus.
“We have been fund-raising like mad, even though Ford and GK Group have given us an excellent deal.”
Shaun Wood, GK Group’s commercial sales manager, said of the team’s new Transit: “It has been a delight to supply such an out-of-the-ordinary vehicle to the team. The minibus looks great finished in silver and with all the equipment it carries it will be a reassuring presence in the Peak District for many years to come. It just goes to show that Ford can deliver a vehicle to pretty much any specification that a customer might require.”