J238 BAO This white Land Rover Defender 110 has a V8 petrol engine too. The front grille has orange and white checker markings across it and the vehicle has a full complement of blue flashing lights.
The rear view of the same go-anywhere Land Rover.
MX05 XFK is Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team’s Land Rover Defender ambulance. It has a simple battenburg livery and bright yellow grille to attract attention. It has a roof box for equipment next to the blue light bar. Repeater blue lights are on the front grille and front wings, as well as at the rear.
CN04 NPC is a Land Rover Defender 110 TD5 used by the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team. The roof and the inside of the vehicle are filled with specialist rescue equipment. Notice how the roof light bar is nearly covered by the substantial roof rack.
The rear view, showing the additional blue rotating beacon above the rear door. Notice the wording on the wheel cover advising other vehicles to stay back from the Land Rover.
PN02 SVR This is a Keswick Mountain Rescue Land Rover Defender Td5.
The side view of the same Landy. It has minimal livery but the bright orange stripe and roof make it stand out from other traffic. All sides have bright floodlights to illuminate the ground immediate around the vehicle.
The rear view. The high-intensity blue flashing lights at the rear complement the light bar at the front of the roof and the repeaters on the front grille. The white pole to the right is a telescopic communications antenna, essential in mountainous terrain where mobile ‘phones don’t work.
The rear three-quarter view. The registration plate is just visible behind the ladder and mesh protector.
R242 WRM This is Keswick’s custom-built Ford Transit County. It is in the same livery as their Land Rovers, with just as much ground clearance.
The front view, showing the flashing lights and the roof rack.
The rear. The door is hinged at the top so it swings up and out of the way to allow a casualty on a stretcher to be loaded. The injured party is then driven to a waiting ambulance or taken directly to hospital.
The rear three-quarter view of the Transit. The roof rack can be quickly removed by unplugging the electrics and unclipping the metal clamps.
The next three photographs show the Northumberland National Park Search and Rescue Team. The team have been in operation since 1963 and are based at Northumbria Police’s headquarters in Ponteland near Newcastle. Using the highly capable Landrover, here we see a muddy and slippy hill descended with ease.
Combined personnel from Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team (BPMRT) and Rossendale Search and Rescue Team (RSRT) carry a ‘casualty’ to two Land Rover 110s. The BPMRT Land Rover (One Zero) is fitted with homemade detachable cages for all the equipment. They can easily be removed and put into another vehicle enabling a stretcher to be carried.
There is one noticeable difference between RSRT’s vehicle (on the left) and BPMRT’s (on the right) – the grille-mounted blue lights. BPMRT are now fitting these to all their vehicles to aid safe passage when using ‘blues and twos’. It was found that because the Land Rover is higher than most vehicles, when it was close behind a car the car driver was only able to see the grille and was unaware that it was an emergency vehicle. The grilles will also be painted fluorescent yellow.