Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is a recognised Scottish Charity (SC020065) and is affiliated to the Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR).
It is properly constituted and structured with an Executive Committee and Officers holding various positions, namely:-
Chairman - Andy Margerison
*Leading the charity
Team Leader - Ken MacKenzie
*Operational Lead during an Incident
Deputy Team Leader - Mike McCann
*Second in command during an Incident
Secretary - John Warnock
Treasurer - Richard Williams
Medical Officer - Sue Vest
*Medical Lead to ensure we comply with the most up to date medical assessments and treatments
Training Officer - Craig Patterson
*Organising training and ensuring we meet SMR criteria
Assistant Training Officer - Stew Gibson
*Assisting the Training Officer
Community Engagement Officer - Neil Dalrymple
*PR lead for community events, website and social media
Members Secretary - David Tyson
*Secretary to team members
Members Representative - William Samson
*Team member representative to the Committee
Equipment Officer - Ray McCutcheon
*Ensuring all our equipment is safely ready for action
Communications Officer - Ken McCubbin
*Radio communication lead to ensure we have one of the most vital pieces of equipment on a search and rescue
In the event of an incident being notified to the team, the team leader, his depute, or one of our other search managers, will be responsible for taking the decision to call-out the full team. The search manager will take into consideration all of the reported circumstances and develop a strategy to deal with the event. He/she has the option to mobilise or request a wide range of search and rescue (SAR) assets, including a helicopter, search dogs from SARDA, rescue boats or additional mountain rescue resources from nearby teams.
The team provides training regularly, on the last Sunday of each month and on a Wednesday evening between October and March. Call-out members are required to attend a minimum number of exercises to ensure that their skills and knowledge are to an acceptable standard and it is their responsibility to ensure that they maintain a high level of physical fitness.
All team members, including our Support Group tier of members, are involved in a wide range of fund raising activities throughout the year, to finance the purchase of essential equipment, running of our vehicles and maintenance of our base.
We also have a group of members who actively promote the work of the team and mountain safety through regular demonstrations and lectures.
St John Scotland is proud to be the biggest contributor to Scottish Mountain Rescue teams for many years and by 2020, the charity will have provided over £3.2 million in funding, mainly through the provision of bases and vehicles