Police donate £5,000 for rescue teams

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Derbyshire police have forked out £5,000 to aid the county’s mountain rescue teams.

The money was handed over by Chief constable and Mick Creedon and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles to the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation to mark its 50th anniversary.

The organisation, which is split into seven teams, is volunteer run and aids police in emergencies.

Mr Creedon said: “I cannot overstate the contribution that our mountain rescue teams make to public safety and by extension policing in Derbyshire. They assist in the most 
trying of circumstances, in any weather at any hour of the day or night 365 days a year. Lives are saved on a regular basis.”

Mountain rescue chairman Ken Blakeman said: “It is an extremely valuable donation and a tremendously generous one.”

Its main function is search and rescue for missing or injured people, principally in upland or mountainous areas, but is called out for other incidents when its skills are needed. The team is trained to deal with incidents ranging from crag rescue, missing person searches through to water rescues.