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.


British Cave Rescue CouncilSupporting Cave Rescue

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

Conference Bookings


BCRC Conference Booking Form The booking form and guidance notes for the 2015 BCRC Conference and BCA Party & AGM weekend, 12th-14th June are now available.   Places are limited, so don’t wait... READ MORE

BCRC Conference


The BCRC Cave Rescue Conference will be held over the weekend of June 12th – 14th, 2015. Hosted by Gloucester Cave Rescue Group and Midlands Cave Rescue Organisation at Dean Field Studies Centre,... READ MORE

Hidden Earth 2014


Following the success of the BCRC stand at the Emergency Services Show, it was taken to “Hidden Earth” in September 2014. Hidden Earth is the Uk’s national caving conference and attracts several hundred... READ MORE

Emergency Services Show 2014


The BCRC, along with other UK Search and Rescue organisations had a stand at the 2014 Emergency Services Show, Birmingham in September. It was a great opportunity to meet other search and rescue... READ MORE