The unique medal was issued on behalf of the Queen to honour dedication and service as she marks 60 years on the throne.
Members of the Mountain Rescue Teams who have served more than five years were presented with the medals at an event at the headquarters of Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team.
Also in attendance were members of the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team, the South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team and the South Wales Search & Rescue Association.
The First Minister said:
"These medals are in recognition of those who dedicate themselves to public service and the work carried out by these rescue teams certainly deserves to be recognised.
“They provide vital support to our emergency services to find and recover the lost and injured across the whole of south and mid-Wales. They are volunteers who are totally self-funded and these medals are a way for all of us to show our appreciation for what they do."
Nick Hardwidge from the Western Beacons Mountain Search and Rescue Team said:
"As members of a voluntary rescue team, individuals are normally reticent to advertise what we do; but we are honoured to receive these medals from Her Majesty the Queen and furthermore very pleased that the First Minister has recognised the valuable support we provide the police and ambulance services and has agreed to present some of the team with their medals."