A Mountain Rescue Team who were led the search for two elderly women who were injured in the Powys countryside has received a prestigious award.

Volunteers from Brecon Mountain Rescue Team have been awarded a prestigious accolade from the UK Police National Search Centre.

In recognition of their continued support they were presented with the ‘Outstanding Service to the Police Search Community’ from the UK Police National Search Centre.

The team was nominated for the award after assisting two walkers who suffered injuries while walking in the Brecon Beacons in May 2022.

In the first incident, a woman suffered a lower leg injury while walking on the peaks above Ogmore Vale, to which the rescue responded to with two emergency vehicles before the woman was airlifted to hospital.


They were then called out to rescue a female walker who had sustained a lower leg fracture on the south side of Cribyn mountain. She was evacuated by a control vehicle and an ambulance.

The team was nominated by Powys Police Commander, Temporary Superintendent Andrew Pitt.

He said: “Although the nomination was in respect of the teams efforts for two particular search operations it also reflects the significant contribution this group of volunteers have given in previous years and their continued efforts to support the emergency services, day and night, to find and rescue those who are lost or missing.”

Chief Inspector Mark Sweeney from the College of Policing, who presented the team with the award, said: “Nominations were received from all over the UK from various agencies, all of which provide exceptional support to the police however the nomination in respect of the Brecon team stood out.

“It is clear how valued the team are by Dyfed-Powys Police and the local communities that they serve.”

Accepting the award on behalf of members, team leader Dr. Rob Powell said: “We are thrilled to be recognised at a national level for this award.

“Our volunteers give up countless hours and sacrifice their precious time to serve our operational area.

“We do not look for thanks but it is a great honour to be acknowledged. We thank Dyfed Powys Police for their continued support.

“Our working relationship means we can ensure the community's search and rescue needs are met.”