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Joining The Team

BPMRT are all unpaid volunteers, who give their time freely and comprises of:

  • Operational Full Team Members
  • Active Supporters

Team members come from all walks of life, from all age groups and from all parts of our operational area.

Operational team members are on-call: 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, ready to attend any callout.

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What we are looking for:

Essential criteria and qualities of a new Operational Full Team Member:

  • 18+ years old
  • Live near our bases in Chorley, Leyland, Preston, Clitheroe, Longridge, Garstang, Dunsop Bridge, Lancaster and Silverdale and ideally within our operational area (see map on the website)
  • Daytime availability is favourable
  • Be able to commit a significant amount of time to the cause including; regular Wednesday night training, additional ad-hoc sessions at weekends and other team fundraising and social events
  • Work well as part of a team
  • Have good hillwalking experience
  • Be able to navigate confidently on open ground, in all conditions
  • Be physically fit to meet the demands of the team

Operational Full Team Member process:

What's Involved:

Firstly, you need to gain a clear understanding of what the team is about and its purpose. The best place for that information is this website and our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter).

Application Form:

We have now closed the recruiting program for 2021 for Operational Full Team Members, we have had an unusual amount of applications with some being carried over from 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic . If you would like to be considered for support membership please contact our Team Secretary. 

Recruitment Assessment Day

Our next recruitment day will be in 2022 with no set date as yet, but please keep checking social media posts and this website for further information. The assessment day will be challenging, you will be asked to complete various challenges and you will be given the opportunity to meet with the training officer/team leader which will give you the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of what being a team member involves. It’s also a chance for you and for us to meet in person. Suitable candidates are then asked to attend the hill assessment.

Hill Assessment

We are looking to see how you work as part of a team, your navigation ability, hill skills and your level of fitness. The best all-round candidates at this stage are then invited to join the team as trainee members. Training is then split into two phases with the onus on the trainee to work through the skills required.

Probationer Phase (3+ months)

Modular training programme covering the basic mountain rescue skills required.

Trainee Phase (15+ months)

After successful completion of the probationer phase, candidates will continue on a modular training programme and be assessed at the 12 month point, then after 18 months they attend a final hill assessment.

Final Hill Assessment

At the end of the training program, candidates will have to complete a gruelling weekend hill assessment which will test their newly acquired rescue skills before they are recommended for full team membership. A write-up of the 2018 assessment can be here.

Active Supporter Process

Enquiry Form

If you would like to be an active supporter we would be delighted and welcome your help, for further information please contact our Team sectetary here.

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