TACR was formed in July 1990 after the High Level Rescue Team was disbanded. We have members trained with the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter for work in alpine areas of the mountain. We also provide backup, if required, to the Mt Ruapehu Alpine Rescue Organisation (RARO).Throughout Taranaki we currently have about 40 members.
We are an essential part of Land Search and Rescue and, along with many other groups, provide this service on a purely volunteer basis. On average we are involved in about 12 field operations a year. These can range from assisting people off the mountain, searches for lost or missing persons, rescuing injured people, and body recoveries.
Members are not on a roster system as this would prove impossible to manage. When there is a callout, all members are contacted and respond if they can, although work commitments can at times make it difficult to muster a large team. Most operations occur in the evening and conclude by morning. Members are still required to attend work during the day.
Funding of TACR is limited to the annual Police Grant ($1000 per year for equipment) along with donations from organisations and individuals. Consequently, the cost of ongoing training can be difficult to fund. Over the years we have endeavoured to provide our members with specialist equipment and clothing by way of special donations and gratefully acknowledge the generosity from such companies, groups and individuals alike.
Today the Taranaki Alpine Cliff Rescue ( Inc) is a registered Charitable Trust ( registration number #CC33522 ) and will gratefully acknowledge all donations received. Charitable Trust Certificate.
Team members proudly displaying newly acquired rescue apparel and stretcher - Dec 2006