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Meet the team

Team and helicopterKirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team consists of some 35 volunteer men and women from wide ranging backgrounds, including builders, accountants, teachers, electricians, engineers, a doctor and many others. Each member shares a common commitment – the willingness to be called out at a few minutes notice to help people in trouble on the hills, or in the community.

Team members meet at least twice a month to practise and train in all aspects of search and rescue. The team operates from a purpose built base in Kirkby Stephen. The base is equipped with all the sophisticated kit necessary for modern mountain and water rescue and casualty care. It also has garaging for the three specialised Land Rovers which enable the team to respond to incidents wherever they might occur.

Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team is part of the Lake District Search And Mountain Rescue Association. The leaders of each of the 11 member teams meet regularly to develop cooperation and coordination. Joint exercises are held from time to time, which enable teams to work effectively together when, as is often the case, two or more teams are involved in a real incident.

adrian cottrellTeam Leader - Adrian Cottrell
Before moving to Cumbria, Adrian was a successful Formula 3 racing driver and manager of a motor racing school. He now runs a precision engineering company. A keen rock climber, Adrian has been with the team since 2006 and became Leader in 2014.


Kath DyerDeputy Team Leader - Kath Dyer
Kath has been a team member since 2004. Kath is keen climber and walker who also enjoys glass lampworking and silversmithing. A member of SARDA Lakes, Kath acts as a regular 'dogsbody' and is currently training her own dog for rescue work.

Jason WinderDeputy Team Leader - Jason Winder
Jason joined the team in 2008. He runs his own building business and, amongst other duties, helps look after the team Land Rovers.

Deputy Team Leader - David Stewart
David joined the team in 2008. With his wife Chris he runs the Walkingworld website. His other duties for the team include PR and the website and he acts as liaison with the Friends of the Team.

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