Buxton man Ian Hurst has become the first person to ever receive a framed Certificate of Service to recognise 50 years of unbroken dedication to mountain rescue in the Peak District.
Ian first got involved with mountain rescue in 1963 when he joined the Peak District National Park Authority as a full-time warden and became a member of the Edale team.
A year later, a major search and rescue incident occurred on the Snake Pass when a number of scouts participating in a 50-mile hike were overtaken by appalling weather. Ian worked with the police and others to organise the rescue but poor communications and the lack of a dedicated search organisation hampered their efforts and three of the Rover Scouts sadly died.
The tragic incident led to the creation of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation (PDMRO) in 1964. In his 50 years with the PDMRO, Ian has had spells as secretary, insurance officer and treasurer. In 1971 he became a founder member of the PDMRO Incident Controllers’ Panel which took over from the previous Search Controllers’ group.
Since 1970, Ian represented the Peak District at national meetings and was soon actively involved in all administrative matters, becoming a Trustee of Mountain Rescue England and Wales in 1971.
He joined Buxton Mountain Rescue Team in 1990, becoming team chairman in 1991, a post he held until becoming president of the team in 2011.