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.

Donate to BCRC
You can also make online donations to help support BCRC through our donation page.



  Nicola Radios 

Documents, training information and other resources concerning the Nicola 3 Radios are now being made available on the Nicola Radio page.


  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

BCRC Conference 2017


Registration is NOW Open for the 2017 BCRC Rescue Conference Friday 16 to Sunday 18 June 2017 “Pro iis in periculo subterraneo – For those in peril underground – Er budd y sawl... READ MORE

Training Coordinator News (Nov. 2016)


BCRC Training Coordinator’s News November 2016 – Jim Davis The 2015/6 UKSAR training grants: 4 applications were made and were granted successfully. Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation applied for and successfully completed: A suitable... READ MORE

Emergency Services Show 2016


The 2016 Emergency Services Show took place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September at the NEC, Birmingham. The show was bigger than last year, with over 450 exhibitors! Members of Cave Rescue... READ MORE

Larkin Frame Training – Thanks


Thank you to all the team members who attended the recent Larkin Frame Training sessions, the hosting teams DCRO at Buxton and GCRG at Cinderford and also to Bill Batson and Paul Witheridge... READ MORE