THE addition of a new water unit to Oldham Mountain Rescue Team means the life-saving volunteers can offer more services than ever before.
The Team of volunteers works alongside police and other emergency services across Saddleworth, Oldham and as far as Salford and Tintwistle.
They are specially trained to carry out rescue missions in the hills and mountains, as well as vertical rescues, at all hours and in all weathers.
And now to expand their capabilities they are in the process of training team members and buying equipment to set up their own water unit.
OMRT received a £300 grant towards the project from Saddleworth Rotary Club’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ initiative in January, which was collected by Team leader Matt Neild.
He explained: “We helped out when there was flooding recently and we decided we wanted to specialise in water rescue so we can help more in the future.
“We need training and equipment, including dry suits, helmets, boots, and boats so this money will go towards that.”
Seven Team members have been trained over the last 12 months and the water unit hopes to be fully operational by summer 2018.
The Team is made up of volunteers and funding comes from donations from the community and the group’s own fundraising and events.
Meanwhile, locals are invited to get a glimpse behind the scenes as OMRT open up their new operation base at Boarshurst Business Park, Greenfield on Sunday, June 3.
Visitors can meet the Team and their dogs, see the new base and kit, and there will be activities for children as well as a BBQ and bar.
The Team said: “It’s a day designed to thank all the community for your continued support of our voluntary rescue team. We genuinely would not be able to function without you.
“It’s going to be a fun day out for all the family, so please come on down and say hello.”