AUDIO: Rescue base fit for 21st century

AUDIO: Rescue base fit for 21st century

Published at 6:01am 17th February 2016. (Updated at 11:30am 17th February 2016)

Volunteers in the Dales will soon have new facilities to help them save more lives.

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association's base in Grassington is being extended to provide extra space and equipment.

The team were originally based in an old goods van and then a disused signal hut at the former railway station.

In 1976, they moved into a purpose-built headquarters on Hebden Road which became known as The Hut.

Since then, demand for their services has increased significantly, and last year was the busiest ever, with 57 call-outs.

The volunteers are ready for action 365 days a year and prepared to respond at any time of the day or night in the worst of weather conditions.

They deal with incidents across Littondale, Nidderdale, Wharfedale and parts of West Yorkshire, including cave rescues, severe flooding and searches for missing people.

Controller Derek Hammond has been telling Stray FM more about the refurbishment work:

Team member Rick Hudson explains how it will make training much easier:

More information about Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association at