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Why not bring your lovely dogs along to the Fun Dog Show being run by Newhey & Milnrow Community on the 3rd September. 🐾
Irs going to be a cracking day and all proceeds go to Oldham Mountain Rescue Team. 🐾
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Oh what difference a few weeks makes! ... work on the new Operational Base continues with good progress all around. ... See MoreSee Less

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Many congratulations to team member Rick for tying the knot yesterday with his beautiful wife Beth. Following the ceremony in the afternoon we all helped Rick, a team member for 7 years, celebrate long into the night. We wish you both the very best of luck for the future.💕 ... See MoreSee Less

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The wily amongst you may have spotted a few posts in recent weeks showing some building work going on in our operational base.

Well the team is now delighted to announce that as of first week in July, we took possession of a new industrial property in Greenfield that will become our operational centre for the foreseeable future. For the last few weeks we’ve been hard at work refurbishing the inside of the unit in order to get it fit for purpose and as of Sunday 30th July we moved in and the unit became operational.

As a team we’ve gone through a number of moves during our 53 year history. In the beginning being a Scout organistion our first base was the Scout Associations Baden Powel Scout Centre in Oldham. Since then we’ve operated out of the old telephone box outside the Clarence Hotel in Greenfield, a police cell in Uppermill Police Station and we’ve also held our team meetings in Oldham Police Station. In 1986 we moved to The Barn in the grounds of The Cross Keys Inn in Uppermill. This property was made available to us by JW Lees and became our spiritual home, our Headquarters and our Operating Base for over a quarter of a century. To this day it remains and will continue to remain our Headquarters, meeting venue and site for official team festivities. As ever we need to thank our landlords David & Craig for their continued support & hospitality. Operationally however a few years ago we had to find additional larger premises. With a fleet of 4 vehicles, an ever increasing list of kit and the size of our operation growing all the time, we took the decision in 2010 to move into an industrial unit in Greenfield where we could keep the vehicles together and where we got the extra space we needed to work.

Seven years on and with time standing still for no man, as the scale of Mountain Rescue operations in the UK continues to grow; we couldn’t miss out on the opportunity to move into a new unit. Albeit this represents a big decision and a huge step for Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, the property, at nearly twice the size of our old unit with an extensive mezzanine area will boast massively enhanced facilities. These include large and small indoor training rooms, a bespoke medical equipment area, a larger kit & drying room along with two separate kit storage areas, a new operations office and a new kitchen area to help keep the team fed and watered when on calls. We will also benefit from a large vertical indoor training wall which we will use to enhance our technical rescue skills that will be especially useful for training through the winter months.

As ever the team has to thank its willing volunteers who, despite having full time jobs and families and being on call 24/7, 365 days of the year, have worked tirelessly over recent weeks to make the unit operational. There’s still a huge amount of work to be done and the jobs will continue over the coming weeks and months. We’ll keep everyone up to date with progress on our Facebook page and hope to have an official opening at some point in the Spring/Summer of 2018 so our supporters can come and have a good look around and meet the team.

One last thing. We would like to take this opportunity to put an appeal out for some outstanding items we need for the premises that as of yet we’ve not been able to get hold of. If anyone could assist it would be a huge help. Still needed:

70m2 of industrial carpet tiles for the our large Training Room and Ops Office
A range cooker, 900mm with electric hob and single oven space
Relevant sized cooker hood & extractor fan
Any large catering size pots, pans & ovenware
A standard fridge to fit gap 600mm wide
3 to 4 dozen meeting room chairs
2 or 3 hanging rails for clothing/kit

If anyone can help please can they message us privately via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/OldhamMRT or mail us at webcontact@omrt.org

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