Official Launch of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Vehicle

The Central Beacons Mountain Rescue CBMR team have officially unveiled their brand new, multi-functional response vehicle which was part funded by the Ffos-y-Fran Community Fund.

Brendan Toomey leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council made the opening speech paying tribute to the work of the Rescue Team.

Mark Moran, team Chairman and project lead said, “We’re delighted that rep’s from Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council and from the Fros-y-Fran Community Fund Project are able to join us this morning, without their support the vehicle purchase would not have been possible”.

The state of the art Ford Ranger rescue vehicle is fitted out with the radios, emergency lighting, sirens and bespoke equipment to suit the operational needs of the team. The team’s previous response vehicle was damaged in an incident back in 2015 and so this new vehicle is crucial in assisting the team to continue with their vital rescue service.

The vehicle, call sign ‘Morlais Echo’, has already been used on two of the team’s many recent incidents; the first a rescue of a walker in the waterfalls area, and the second a rescue near Merthyr Tydfil of a crashed member of a joint military paragliding group.

Team leader, Penny Brockman said “Getting resources to our incidents efficiently and safely is a paramount part of our responses to incidents and we look forward to benefiting from the modern and efficient design our new Ford Ranger brings”

The team also thanked members of the public for their generous donations towards this project and their overwhelming support.