University alumni come to the rescue

Nine of the twelve Lancaster University alumni, who are also members of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
Nine of the twelve Lancaster University alumni, who are also members of the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team.
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When it comes to mountain rescue skills and knowledge, Lancaster University alumni are certainly at their peak.

More than a quarter of the current Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT), the organisation which carries out search and rescue operations pan-Lancashire, are former Lancaster University students.

Out of the current membership, many of whom are on call 24/7 for 365 days a year, 12 have actually been educated on campus.

“Eight call-out and four support team members have Lancaster University degrees,” said longstanding BPMRT member Nick Mattock, now a police officer living in Lancaster.

“There has always been a strong link between the university and the team but now approximately25 per cent are ex-Lancaster graduates which is pretty amazing.”

The team, formed in 1980 with the amalgamation of two other teams formed in 1963, has a vehicle and training base near Garstang, a vehicle base at Penwortham and a headquarters in the heart of the Trough of Bowland. On average they answer 50 to 60 call outs a year in both urban and rural Lancashire. They also support the county’s Fire and Rescue Service from time to time.