Oldham Mountain Rescue Team honoured by police chief and Tameside Mayor
Monday 13th August 2018 @ 14:42 by Tom Greggan
Mossley & Saddleworth News Oldham Stalybridge Tameside

After a difficult year so far, there was an air of celebration at Oldham Mountain Rescue Team’s headquarters last week, when not one but two awards were presented.

The team have already done over 50 jobs, which is unprecedented for this time of year. Within that, they helped with two major incidents; the Beast from the East and the moorland fires.

Last Tuesday, the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward, visited the team’s base with her consort, Cllr David McNally, to present a certificate of achievement to former Team Leader and current Chairman, Mick Nield.

Mick Nield MBE receives a certificate of achievement from Civic Mayor Cllr Denise Ward and her consort, Cllr Dave McNally.

Mick was awarded an MBE back in June for services to Mountain Rescue. He’s spent 30 years volunteering with OMRT. “It’s very well deserved,” the Mayor said. “Coming up here to meet the team and see what they do has been phenomenal. It’s fantastic to see what goes on. Bringing the certificate of achievement up to Mick has been humbling; he’s a credit to Tameside.”

Mick says it’s been an extremely busy year with the team but thanked the local community for their well-wishes since the award. “The last few months have been hectic,” he said. “Since the announcement of the award, I’ve been inundated with congratulations, even off people I haven’t heard from for years, which has been fantastic.

“Team-wise, it’s been unprecedented this year. We’ve had the fires up on the moors above Tameside and we had 17 consecutive days deployment in various capacities, from providing local knowledge to the fire service and helping the local farmers and gamekeepers with their livestock to actually fighting the fires.”

Mick says he’s looking forward to visiting Buckingham Palace in November to receive his MBE medal, as are his two daughters who are already planning their trip!

Also last Tuesday, the whole OMRT team were presented with certificate of recognition from Greater Manchester Police, thanks to the close working relationship with the Saddleworth Neighbourhood Policing Team during the moorland fires.

GMP Chief Superintendent Neil Evans presents OMRT Team Leader Matt Nield with a certificate of recognition.

“Your can do attitude was inspirational and key to protecting our local community,” the certificate reads.

Chief Superintendent Neil Evans, Territorial Commander for Oldham, Tameside and Rochdale, handed over the certificate to Team Leader Matt Nield, who said that the teamwork displayed during the fires was crucial to getting them under control.

Matt said: “It’s massively important; one of the things we pride ourselves on here at Oldham is our teamwork and our place in the community. It’s about teamwork within our team and as you’ve seen tonight, with the police and other local organisations. It’s the lifeblood of the team.

“The response from the community has been fabulous. We’ve still got lots of bottles of water, which will become invaluable as the summer progresses. But they also supported us with the food that was brought in, which kept us fuelled and kept us going.”