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Team Leader

Introducing Ken Mackenzie, (Team Leader 2014-2017)

The team leader’s position is a three year appointment after serving a previous three years as the depute team leader.  TL is the first contact for the police in the event of a call-out.  TL then discusses the incident with the police to assess the situation and to formulate the appropriate response from the team. It is at this point that TL may request other SAR agencies involvement such as search dogs, Coast Guard, RNLI and helicopter SAR Having come to the decision to respond, TL then utilises a web based system called SARCall which allows TL to rapidly inform the team of the call-out via SMS and automated voice message. Once GMRT has been mobilised, TL liaises with the Police search manager to discuss the current relevant information available and request gathering of pertinent information not yet received.  Once on scene TL works in conjunction with the Police Search Manager on which areas are to be searched and by whom, in what order, and/or how to approach casualty if location known.   It is also the TL’s responsibility to decide when Team involvement should cease. This can be for many reasons such as fatigue, safety or indeed time spent on an unsuccessful search. Many factors have to be considered and it falls to the TL to ensure the best possible response is made whilst ensuring the safety of all those involved. If fatigue is the limiting factor TL is responsible for requesting help from neighbouring teams and ensuring a smooth effective hand over.  The TL will be the person that the Press will require a statement from post call-out. Such is the demand from news agencies the TL relies upon the Team’s Press Officer to organise and disseminate a suitable response. Other tasks the TL will be required to do are completing incident reports, overseeing Risk Assessments and delegation of tasks to Team members where appropriate, liaising with other Mountain Rescue Teams and different search and rescue agencies. Often the TL will delegate the Deputy Team Leader to take on a TL role to help them gain experience of the job that they will eventually take on. The profile of Galloway Mountain Rescue team in the community requires the team leader to regularly respond to requests to attend events arranged by local schools, groups and clubs to talk about the role of the team and demonstrate some equipment.  An off shoot of this is that the TL is in the privileged position to regularly be presented with cash donations from said groups who very kindly support our voluntary emergency community resource. The first leader very briefly was Peter Wright followed by Andrew Shankland (1976- 1986), Kenneth McCubbin (1986-1995), Ian Livingston (1995-1999), Linda Biggar (1999-2002), David Tyson (2002-2005), Chris Marshall (2005-2008), Eric Johns (2008-2011) and Mike McCann (2011-2014).
Galloway Mountain Rescue
Providing a 24/7 search and rescue service in South West Scotland
years in operation  40 1975-2015
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Team Leader

Introducing Ken Mackenzie, (Team Leader 2014-2017)

The team leader’s position is a three year appointment after serving a previous three years as the depute team leader.  TL is the first contact for the police in the event of a call-out.  TL then discusses the incident with the police to assess the situation and to formulate the appropriate response from the team. It is at this point that TL may request other SAR agencies involvement such as search dogs, Coast Guard, RNLI and helicopter SAR Having come to the decision to respond, TL then utilises a web based system called SARCall which allows TL to rapidly inform the team of the call- out via SMS and automated voice message. Once GMRT has been mobilised, TL liaises with the Police search manager to discuss the current relevant information available and request gathering of pertinent information not yet received.  Once on scene TL works in conjunction with the Police Search Manager on which areas are to be searched and by whom, in what order, and/or how to approach casualty if location known.   It is also the TL’s responsibility to decide when Team involvement should cease. This can be for many reasons such as fatigue, safety or indeed time spent on an unsuccessful search. Many factors have to be considered and it falls to the TL to ensure the best possible response is made whilst ensuring the safety of all those involved. If fatigue is the limiting factor TL is responsible for requesting help from neighbouring teams and ensuring a smooth effective hand over.  The TL will be the person that the Press will require a statement from post call-out. Such is the demand from news agencies the TL relies upon the Team’s Press Officer to organise and disseminate a suitable response. Other tasks the TL will be required to do are completing incident reports, overseeing Risk Assessments and delegation of tasks to Team members where appropriate, liaising with other Mountain Rescue Teams and different search and rescue agencies. Often the TL will delegate the Deputy Team Leader to take on a TL role to help them gain experience of the job that they will eventually take on. The profile of Galloway Mountain Rescue team in the community requires the team leader to regularly respond to requests to attend events arranged by local schools, groups and clubs to talk about the role of the team and demonstrate some equipment.  An off shoot of this is that the TL is in the privileged position to regularly be presented with cash donations from said groups who very kindly support our voluntary emergency community resource. The first leader very briefly was Peter Wright followed by Andrew Shankland (1976- 1986), Kenneth McCubbin (1986-1995), Ian Livingston (1995-1999), Linda Biggar (1999-2002), David Tyson (2002-2005), Chris Marshall (2005-2008), Eric Johns (2008-2011) and Mike McCann (2011-2014).
Galloway Mountain Rescue
Providing a 24/7 search and rescue service in South West Scotland
years in operation  40 1975-2015