Cumbria rescue team receives new Land Rover

A Cumbria rescue team are the recipients of a brand new car.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) received the keys to their new rescue vehicle from Colin Todd of Lakeland Land Rover. The vehicle is the first of the New Defender 110 model to be adapted for mountain rescue and the purchase and conversion was made possible thanks to the success of a call launched in July 2020 to raise £ 85,000.

Now in its 57th year, the MRT is supporting the emergency services by providing rescue service to those at risk in the hills and valleys around Ullswater. They are also called by the police, fire and ambulance services as well as the HM coast guard to help with rescues on the lake. With almost daily incidents on the lakes, the team is one of the busiest emergency services groups in England.

The addition of the Defender means that the MRT now has a full set of vehicles required for operations. Team Vehicle Manager Mike Childs said: “We are now back to full power with four team vehicles and we can’t wait to see the new Defender take care of the terrain around Ullswater and rescue requirements. Colin and his team at Lakeland Land Rover have worked with us for many years and understand our requirements down to the last detail. The new Mobile 4 should therefore be a great addition to our small fleet.

Showing gratitude for the generosity of the public, Patterdale MRT Team Leader Mike Rippon said: “This vehicle is a shining example of the public support for Patterdale MRT and its members over the past 18 years. month. We know that things have been difficult for many people and the generosity that has enabled us to purchase and adapt this vehicle is incredible.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who donated or raised funds for us – it’s really appreciated. The summer months have been busy for the team and it is good to get back to four vehicles in time for what is also shaping up to be a busy fall.

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