Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team
Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT) is a registered charity (Charity Commission No. 501885) which provides a mountain and cave rescue service within the Swaledale and Wensleydale areas of North Yorkshire. The team is made up of a group of highly trained volunteers who are available to be called out for a variety of land based search and rescue operations, any time day or night. SMRT provide a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year service.
The 6th July 1968 saw the first recorded incident and the origins of mountain and cave rescue in Swaledale and Wensleydale. In the following years SMRT has developed from the 12 local people to the team of today comprising around 40 volunteer members capable of reacting at short notice and so providing an invaluable asset to the local community.
SMRT moved to their current purpose built rescue headquarters on Catterick Garrison in 1999. The base has garages, storage, training and catering facilities and is located at an ideal point of access to both Swaledale and Wensleydale.
SMRT is affiliated to the North East Search and Rescue Association, Mountain Rescue (England and Wales), and the British Cave Rescue Council. These bodies provide a regional and national forum to share training methods, standards and equipment and a voice for teams at a wider level.