Our response area is mainly in the SW corner of the Peak District National Park where the local residents live in small villages and farms, many with poor access down single track lanes. It is also a popular place for tourists to visit.
There are many beautiful walks in secluded valleys, hills and dales as well as a number of cycle tracks. It can be very difficult to find the person needing help (especially in winter or bad weather) and also hard to communicate by radio with the Ambulance Control due to the terrain. Occasionally we work with the mountain rescue teams from Buxton or Derby, and having a 4 x 4 vehicle helps us get as close as possible to the patient and even transport them to the ambulance or helicopter when necessary.
WACFR serves a wide area of the Staffordshire Moorlands, which in spite of our name, ranges from Grindon, Onecote, Butterton and Warslow in the west, through to Alstonefield, Milldale, Ilam and Dovedale in the east, and north to Hulme End, Sheen and Longnor.