OLDHAM Mountain Rescue Team has been given five key safes by The Key Safe Company.

It means the team has immediate access to its resources when needed.

With volunteers on call 24 hours a day, it is vital that equipment and vehicles can be quickly and easily accessed at all times. The Key Safe Company donated a range of key safe products to the service, including its Supra P500 KeySafe and S7 Big Box KeySafe, providing volunteers with unrestricted access to the resources and equipment required to carry out search and rescue operations.

To access the rescue vehicle quickly, the team has had a customised housing mount manufactured to the roll bars of the vehicle to house the S7 Big Box KeySafe.

OMRT also works closely with the emergency services during busy times, offering their specialist skills when required. The installation of the key safes allows the team to reach those in need of help quickly, which is vital in the event of an emergency.

Justin Parkinson, chair of Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, said: “We have over 50 volunteers and rely on donations to help us carry out our work, so we are extremely grateful for the support from The Key Safe Company.

"Since installing the key safes, we no longer have to rely on key holders to access the building, which has certainly saved us a significant amount of time and allows us to get to those in danger in difficult areas much more quickly.

“Oldham Mountain Rescue Team was formed in 1964 and has grown significantly over the years. Despite dealing with difficult and often harrowing situations, there is a strong ethos within the team and we have become a family unit, both inside and outside of work.”

The Key Safe Company has also donated the WIWE to the rescue team, which is a portable ECG device can record an individual’s heart rhythm, as well measuring blood oxygen and heart rate.

The WIWE will be taken to wilderness camps where the team test drugs and the impact that they can have on altitude.

David Ogden, managing director of The Key Safe Company, said: “Oldham Mountain Rescue Team provide a vital service and it is great to see that our products can make such a difference.

"As well as providing a safe and secure method of storing keys, key safes also offer a convenient and time-saving solution, which is particularly important for services like Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.”

For more information, advice or support on any of the products from The Key Safe Company, visit: www.keysafe.co.uk