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Police recognise Brecon Mountain Rescue Team

With the Chief Constable ian Arundale are (L) Dave Coombs and (R) Mark Jones, both Deputy Team Leaders

Dyfed-Powys Police has recognised the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (BMRT) for its professional and critical support.

The voluntary Emergency Service has assisted police and other partners for a number for years and provided a significant response. This help is given on a purely voluntary basis and has saved many hours of Police time and assets, when operational demands place increasing pressure on dwindling resources and budgets.

This year to-date has seen more than 2,000 hours of voluntary service, across a wide range of incidents – especially with regard to ‘water based’ searches in which they specialise.

Ian Arundale, Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, was keen to mark this gratitude by awarding a Certificate of Appreciation. The Police Commemorative Plaque and charitable donation, was presented to the BMRT at their HQ in Brecon.

The Chief Constable was introduced to members of their 47 crew, by Deputy Team Leaders Mark Jones and Dave Coombs. As part of the evening the BMRT members then took part in an innovative exercise simulating the River Usk flooding its banks in Brecon Town Centre, which involved testing procedures and communications.

Mr Arundale also pledged to promote further practical help in the form of blue-light response input, radio compatibility and streamlining our initial response when calls are received. He added: “Dyfed-Powys Police values the significant contribution made by volunteers to our Service and the Public. This includes our Specials, Volunteer Cadets and the BMRT and must not be taken for granted.”

Mark Jones of the B.M.R.T said: "Members of Brecon MRT greatly appreciated the recent visit by the Chief Constable and senior members of Dyfed Powys Police. While members willingly volunteer to assist lost and injured people in our community, this year has been a particularly difficult and demanding year and the team members are grateful to have their commitment acknowledged.

"We have an excellent working relationship with the officers of DPP that we work with on a day-to-day basis, none more so than Brecon based Inspector Andy Pitt and Chief Superintendent Steve Hughson, who made up part of the visiting delegation. The presentations made by Ian Arundale were very generous and gratefully received and it was very considerate of him to take time out of his busy schedule to visit us in Brecon."