Mountain rescue team’s new base

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A mountain rescue team, which covers Wakefield, Castleford and Dewsbury, has found a new home.

Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team (HVMRT) has taken on the former Marsden Fire Station building after buying it from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The fire station closed in April and the rescue team used to be based in Meltham Hall.

HVMRT was formed in 1965 and covers rugged open moorland and the more built-up urban areas including Wakefield, Castleford, Dewsbury, Leeds and Huddersfield.

The team’s new base also means they will have easier access to the M62 motorway.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority vice chair Coun Judith Hughes said: “West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and HVMRT have demonstrated that one public safety organisation has the ability to assist and support another to the benefit of the whole community.

“We look forward to supporting the fundraising activities of HVMRT over the next two years.”

The rescue team, which relies on charitable donations, is on call 24 hours a day and provides help for all the other emergency services.

It also attends events including the Wakefield Hospice Walk.