Volunteer recognised for 50 years of service to Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team

A volunteer has been recognised for 50 years of service to Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team (SMRT).

Graham Brown has been presented with a voluntary service award by the High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, Clare Granger.

Graham joined the team, which was then called Swaledale Fell Rescue Team, in 1974.

The volunteer is the longest serving member of the team.

SMRT rescue controller Steve Clough said Graham had “provided remarkable and exceptional service” as a member of the team’s equipment group.

“He has been an integral part of the team’s operational rescue capability on surface, underground and water rescues.

“Notably, Graham has become a specialist in casualty care, achieving advanced qualifications and has been involved in the wider regional casualty care sharing of good practice.”

More recently Graham has taken the lead in developing technology to allow for remote monitoring of casualties, a project that has attracted national interest.

“Graham is the embodiment of the values and qualities of mountain rescue volunteers,” Steve added.