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.