The Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation (PDMRO) and Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) is to modernise and enhance their communication system and to improve connectivity between the teams – particularly within the diverse terrain of the Peak District.
Peak District Mountain Rescue is the emergency rescue provision for upland and mountain areas across Derbyshire and the Peak District. The PDMRO is an umbrella organisation for seven Mountain Rescue Teams that cover Buxton, Edale, Derby, Glossop, Oldham, Kinder and Woodhead.
Collectively these teams respond to around 500 incidents each year ranging from walking, climbing, mountain biking as well as major searches, aircraft crashes and flood support.
The previous FM radio solution used by the teams brought with it a fixed way of communicating, limited range and problems to keep a consistent and clear connection between team members when on call-out during a rescue.
The new digital repeater system and handsets enables the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation to have more flexibility, and instead of one level of communication, they are now able to work with three – simplex, set-to-set communication; the use of repeaters locally around a team base; and the use of the repeaters connected together for wider coverage.
Teams can now cover the majority of the Peak District Region without walking out of radio coverage, and the system provides significant benefits in helping them to carry out their rescues quickly and efficiently for people in need of their services.
PDMRO was formed in 1964 and is one of the 48 teams and nine regions that make up Mountain Rescue England & Wales.