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Mountain rescue volunteers receive top commendation

07 Oct 2018 13:00 PM

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With the colder weather and darker nights setting in, it seems an appropriate time to remind ourselves of some of the amazing search and rescue volunteers who are available around the clock to help keep people safe.
And in recognition of their efforts, volunteers who gave up more than 1,500 hours of their time throughout ‘The Beast from the East’ have officially been awarded with a Commendation from the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police.
The high praise comes after they responded to almost 50 incidents across the force area during the spate of bad weather in February and March of this year.
This included assisting with a range of jobs - more than 40 people were helped, including 28 that needed rescuing.
The volunteers travelled across the region, driving more than 2,300 miles in that time.
Chief Constable Winton Keenen, accompanied by Superintendent Andy Huddleston, presented Commendations to both Northumberland National Park and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Teams – accepted by team leaders Iain Nixon and Rachel Smith.
Chief Constable Keenen said: “It was an honour to meet both teams and award them with Commendations in recognition of the vital role they played during The Beast from the East.
“We all faced particularly challenging conditions during the bad weather and their invaluable support ensured we were able to respond to those in need.
“Mountain rescue volunteers give up so much of their own time – often at a moment’s notice, taking them away from family and friends – and this dedication should not be underestimated.
“I’m extremely proud to be able to officially recognise all that they do for us – not only during The Beast from the East – but throughout the year.”
Due to commitments of all involved it has only recently been possible to bring everyone together to officially present the awards.