A ‘thank you’ for help given in the Carlisle flooding will soon be helping Penrith Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) see the bigger picture.
Back in December, during Storm Desmond, members of Penrith MRT rescued two members of staff from the Tesco Carlisle store on Warwick Road.
Kaz Frith, one of the deputy team leaders was on control that night: “Two team members found the Tesco staff up on a bench to keep out of the chest deep water, helped them to get out to safely in really tricky circumstances.
“They needed to swim at one point and the team’s water rescue skills and specialist equipment were certainly essential to keep everyone safe and get them to dry land.”
Last week, as a ‘thank you’ to the team, Phil Pearson, store manager and his two colleagues from the flooding presented Kaz with a large 50” television.
“Until now, we’ve had to manage with a small laptop screen for the mapping and incident log in our control vehicle,” said Kaz, “but this new screen will make it all much clearer, transforming team briefing during an incident and making it easier for those controlling to direct Team members.”
She continued: “The team was busy throughout the December floods here in Cumbria and our swift water trained members were also active in York later that month. It is something we prepare for and part of our search and rescue role so we were glad to be able to help but it’s also great to be thanked and given such a useful new piece of kit.”
On the fundraising side, Friends of Penrith MRT will be setting up their pop up café at Mardale Head car park and Nan Bield Pass on Sunday 29 May.
They will be selling hot and cold drinks, bakes and bacon sandwiches in aid the team as well as talking to walkers about the team’s work and offering safety advice for those spending half term in the Lake District hills.