The British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) is the Representative body for voluntary underground rescue in the British Isles.

About Us

Formed in 1967 to represent and support its members at National and International level, promote the exchange of information between member rescue organisations and provide a common voice for them. The BCRC is a coordinating and not a governing body, the individual cave rescue organisations remain entirely autonomous and independent.

More details about underground rescues, incident reports and the history of cave rescue can be found on the About Cave Rescue page.

The locations and details of the 15 volunteer underground rescue organisations that are members of the British Cave Rescue Council can be found on the Rescue Teams pages.


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If you wish to support the work of cave rescue teams contact your local team (see Rescue Teams page), or the BCRC Secretary Emma Porter.


  Important Note  

In an emergency if you need the assistance of a cave rescue team you should dial 999 and ask for the Police, then for Cave Rescue.

BCRC News & Events

MREW AGM Meeting 2016


Team Reps who attend the Mountain Rescue England & Wales 6 monthly meetings are reminded that the MREW AGM 2016, followed by sub-committee meetings, is on Saturday May 21st. The booking system is... READ MORE

Larkin Frame Training


Teams are reminded that the first Larkin Frame training day is on Sunday 8th May at Derbyshire Cave Rescue Headquarters, Buxton Fire and Rescue Centre, Buxton. The course costs £45 per delegate with... READ MORE

BCRC 2015 Conference Video


The BCRC Conference was held in the Forest of Dean over the weekend 12th – 14th June 2015. This short 3 Minute Demo Film shows some of what went on over the weekend.... READ MORE



Can all teams please note that the BCRC AGM will take place on Sunday 10th April, 2016 in Derbyshire. A training day will be held on Saturday 9th April (places are limited). For... READ MORE