We took up residence in our Rescue Base in Newton Stewart in October 2012. After almost 38 years of operating out of the local Police Station, at last we had a home we could call our own.
The upgrade of the former town ambulance station was largely financed by the Order of St John Scotland, with additional financial support from local businesses and team members. Of significance also, is the fact that the building was originally sold to us by Dumfries and Galloway Council for the amazing sum of £1.
The building comprises two garage bays for our Land Rover and Incident Control Vehicle, a control room, equipment room, kitchen, showers, toilets and an interview room/office.
It may be compact by the standards of many, but we are proud of the way that every square inch is used wisely and we have managed to cram a lot into its limited space without making it feel in any way overcrowded. It really is an excellent base for the team and we are proud of the new facility.
The building was officially opened by the Prior of the Order of St. John Scotland, Sir Malcolm Ross, on the 6th October 2012.
We also have use of Castle Douglas Fire Station for one of our response vehicles, by kind permission of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
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