A new response vehicle worth over £50,000 has been unveiled by Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.
The total cost of the vehicle was raised by public appeal.
The new mobile Incident Control Vehicle replaces an older version which was retired and passed on to another rescue team in the Severn Valley earlier this year.
The new vehicle is based on an all-wheel drive Ford Transit 350 van, which has undergone extensive conversion by Clarks Vehicles of Doncaster with electrical fitting out by A.P.B. Mobile Installations Ltd of Peterborough.
Team Operations Secretary Roger Bennett said: “This is a magnificent addition to the team’s operational capability and has only been made possible with the help and generosity of so many people.”
The Dove Holes base of the team hosted the official commissioning of the new response vehicle.
The event was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of High Peak, Cllr Stuart Young and Miss Charlotte Young as well as David Coleman, Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Derbyshire, President of the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation and former Derbyshire Chief Constable.
Representatives of some of the major donors to the project also came along to the informal gathering including Mrs Z. Hurst of The Bingham trust.
The all-wheel drive system will improve the team’s capability when asked to assist other emergency services in winter road conditions.
Whilst still carrying all the regular rescue equipment, including crag and rope rescue tackle, the new vehicle is type approved and specifically equipped to carry a patient lying on a stretcher.
The help of “The Lottery Fund” and “The Bingham Trust” was essential but the majority of the cost has been covered by a multitude of smaller donations from local clubs, businesses and individuals.
Roger added: “Without this magnificent community support from the people, the project would never have got off the drawing board.”