If you're in the south west Lakes area this Saturday, 22nd April then the Wasdale MRT are having a rescue base open day at their base just outside Gosforth from 10am to 4pm.
The base was opened by Josh Naylor MBE in September 2018. Since then the team has responded to over 500 rescues. They always planned to hold a public open day but Covid got in the way. Now they are well established, they are ready to host a special open day so that the community, families and friends along with any supporters and visitors to the area can see what they do when that cry for help hits the phones.
The base can be found at CA20 1BP, just off the A595 about a mile north from the village of Gosforth. There is some limited car parking around the base but there is extra overflow parking at the Red Admiral 200m from the base on the A595.
It will be open from 10am until 4pm and there will be plenty of team members available to show you round the vehicles and equipment they use. Team members will be happy to answer all those questions that you have always wanted to ask. They will also welcome those who are interested in joining the team to learn more about what they do and ask any questions.
Representatives from the Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) will be there with information on how to plan your day in the fells. Also West Cumberland Orienteering Club are providing a course to learn some navigating skills.
Team members can show you round base and explain how a call out works, see the vehicles, and there will be activities for the kids. There will also be snacks, drinks and merchandising so bring cash and of course donations are very welcomed.
Weather permitting they will be flying the two team drones which are a recent
acquisition to help locate and rescue casualties in the mountains. The team's search dog Jess and handler Penny will also be there to talk about the use and training of search dogs and maybe do some demonstrations to keep the kids amused.
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