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

Communications Training Day 2016


24th September 2016 This is a reminder that we have a training courses on the specialised communications equipment involved in Cave Rescue. The course will be hosted by CRO at Clapham (the course... READ MORE

Emergency Services Show 2016


The 2016 Emergency Services Show takes place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September at the NEC, Birmingham. The show is going to be bigger than last year, with over 450 exhibitors to... 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

Nicola 3 Radios – Issued


The Nicola 3 radios have now been issued to all teams. A BIG thank you to everyone involved in the role-out. We are now entering the “testing” phase and look forward to seeing... READ MORE