There is no doubt that using mobile phones have saved lives in the mountains
and fells of this country. The sooner rescue teams are alerted to an incident,
the better are the chances of a quick and complete recovery for the victim. However,
over the past few years there have been occasions when teams have been alerted
inappropriately. The notes that follow are given in the hope that the mobile phone
can be used to better effect and to minimise any frustration.
- if you or a member of your party sustains an injury warranting the assistance
of a mountain rescue team.
- if you come across someone who has sustained
an injury warranting the assistance of a mountain rescue team.
- if one of
your party has become separated from the main party and you have made every effort
to but have been unable to meet up again.
- if you want to report having seen
or heard any internationally recognised distress calls.
- if you wish to notify
someone of a change of plan (not a 999 call).
- if members of your party are
signficantly overdue relative to their experience, equipment and route
not to use
- Do not use the mobile phone at the 'first sign of trouble', be
self-reliant if possible.
- Do not rely solely on the mobile phone as a safety
device, there are areas of poor or not reception ('dead areas').
- The mobile
phone is not a substitute for experience.
How to use
- First make
a note of all relevant details, Location (Grid Ref. and description if possible)
Sex and Age of Casualty.
Nature of Injuries, disability or incident.
of people in party and intended destination.
The number of the mobile phone
- Dial 999 and ask for the Mountain Rescue.
- Explain the nature
of your call, giving details previously prepared.
- Do NOT change your position
until contacted by Rescue Team, who will agree future protocol for use of Phone.
Word of caution
Mobile phones do not always get put through
to the most suitable police force. If possible try and confirm that you are speaking
to the control room with responsibility for your location. Police control rooms
generally operate by county.