Out of Office

Posted on the 26 February 2020

Out of Office

David Park might seem a familiar figure to Forum members but if you’re a frequent visitor to the Lake District fells you may see another side – particularly if you’ve ever required rescuing.

The founder and Managing Director of Park Commercial Ltd – Business and Commercial Insurance Specialists, is also a keen member of Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team (LAMRT).

He joined the team, which deals with an average 100 incidents per year, after moving to Windermere nine years ago.

David, a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, currently divides his working week between his office in Durham and home office in Cumbria. 

This life-work balance and flexibility also allows him to pursue his passion for the fells and to make his contribution to the work of Mountain Rescue, whilst still being able to maintain a firm oversight of the business.

“I’ve always been drawn to the dramatic scenery of the Lake District since teenage years when I would visit with friends and we would take to the fells.”

“This area has been a huge part of my life ever since, but taking the decision to uproot and relocate my family here was not an easy one to make.”

“I’m fortunate enough to be able to use technology to work from home for at least a couple of days each week.  This flexibility means whenever I receive an alert, if I’m in Cumbria I can be at the rescue team headquarters within 10 minutes.

“Mountain Rescue has become an important part of my life and it’s really fulfilling to contribute to the often life-changing work of the team.”

David estimates that he is personally involved in an average of 40 call outs a year – some 200 in all since he joined the team in 2014.

He added: “One memorable call-out this year involved locating and successfully rescuing an injured climber. The team set out in the early evening and didn’t return until 9am the next morning. No two rescues are ever the same.”

Despite the lure of the high fells, David says most callouts are not the result of walkers being ill-prepared or taking risks in what is an often challenging and ever-changing environment.

“Most people who need our help do so because they have had a genuine accident, such as slipping and injuring themselves or falling ill.”

Many of the injuries involve fractured, broken or dislocated limbs, which often require the casualty to be stretchered or airlifted off the fell.

He said: “Fell walkers and climbers are normally well-equipped and for the most part experienced.  They often require our help simply through bad luck.”

“I feel very fortunate to be in a position to have a successful business, a great team, and at the same time to be able to contribute to Mountain Rescue.

“I’m humbled to be part of such a dedicated group of volunteers who make up the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team and to know that, when things do go wrong, you are there to make a real difference to people’s lives.”