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Holme Valley volunteer rescuers have busy time in snow
Rescue team's Land Rover
Holme Valley Rescue Team on call day and night all year round

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team is being kept busy during the snowy weather responding to calls from other emergency services for assistance.

The team recently helped West Yorkshire Police searching for a missing man in woods and fields around Greenhead Park.

After a three hour search the man was eventually found safe and well.

Owen Phillips, from the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team said: "We are assisting other services more and more as we have the specialist equipment."

The rescue team doesn't receive any government funding but during the wintry conditions the team often helps out the other emergency services.

Well equipped

Owen Phillips said: "Weather like we've had in recent days can really stretch the capabilities of the ambulance service. Mountain rescue members, however, are well equipped to deal with the bitter conditions.

Rescuers search through woods
The rescue team assist in missing person search

"We also have four-wheel drive vehicles, both belonging to the team and those belonging to individual members. This gives us the means to get medical equipment and trained casualty carers to areas that might be otherwise inaccessible to emergency services."

The Holme Valley Mountain Rescue team is a volunteer rescue organisation entirely funded by contributions from the public. They are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Owen explained: "We're all carrying on with our day-to-day business, but we have our kit packed and ready to go if the pagers go off.

"Team members are walkers and climbers and are used to being up there in the winter and coping with the bad weather and we have the equipment and necessary skills to deal with it."

Sensible clothing

If you are going out into the countryside it's vital to keep warm, have good footwear and sensible clothing.

Owen added: "The most important thing is to have a plan. Let people know where you are going, when you expect to be back and be aware that when the snow is covering all the ground, landmarks aren't quite as visible as normal."

Mountain rescue throughout England and Wales is completely free, in other European countries insurance is necessary to pay for rescue services.

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