Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team
Land Rover Defender
Based at Durham fire station
Channel Islands Air Search
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
This aircraft is a temporary replacement for the damaged Islander G-CIAS. A permanent replacement is due in Summer/Autumn 2017. The original aircraft was damaged beyond repair in an emergency landing due to engine problems in November 2013. The yellow rear wing was salvaged and attached to this temporary replacement. Only basic SAR equipment is fitted to this Islander, with a lot more emphasis on looking out of the windows rather than at screens.
Tweed Valley MRT
Incident Control Unit. New in December 2016, the vehicle has been custom built for the team. Inside is a briefing area, tv/monitor screen, 3 workstations and a printer. The vehicle has two VHF radios as well as a duel SIM Card router to create a permanent WiFi hotspot within the vehicle. Mounted in the vehicle is a 10m electronic mast will caries the VHF aerial. In the rear is a welfare area for MRT personnel which include a hot water boiler, hand wash station and microwave.
Mobile Incident Control and Response vehicle. This is 4×4 Transit with mini office in the rear. It can carry a casualty if required and is based at Buxton fire station. In addition to the comms equipment, it has mapping facilities, voice recorders, incident response equipment, hot drinks and food. It cost £53,000 when it entered service in August 2015 and this was met entirely from donations.
KKU 655P National Coal Board Mines Rescue Atkinson Borderer with Rolls Royce engine. After seeing many years of active service, the vehicle was restored and is now in preservation and is displayed around the country. Different trailers can be attached, such as an emergency winder or low loader vehicle carrier.Share Follow