The 'Galloway Hill Search and Rescue Group' was founded in 1975 by a group of local volunteers, based in Newton Stewart, South-West Scotland. In June 1983 the group was affiliated to the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and the name changed to the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.
The team provides search and rescue assistance to the public in an area covering over 130 km (80 miles) from Stranraer in the west to Dumfries in the east, and 70 kms (40 miles) from the Solway Coast to the South Ayrshire Hills.
This area includes the Galloway Forest Park which attracts many visitors to its beautiful scenery and outdoor recreational amenities including hillwalking, mountain biking, fishing, game sports and orienteering. The 7 Stanes Mountain Bike locations are located at Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie and Glentrool; in recent years we have been frequently called upon to deal with cyclists using these routes who have been injured or become lost.
Nearly 80 miles of the popular long distance footpath - The Southern Upland Way - from Cockburnspath on the east coast of Scotland to Portpatrick on the west, runs through the Galloway area.
The team, which consists entirely of unpaid volunteers, is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to emergencies at the request of Police Scotland (Dumfries and Galloway Division). In addition, we frequently provide assistance to the Scottish Ambulance Service and HM Coastguard.
We do not restrict ourselves to the remote hill regions but respond to incidents in low level, farming, coastal or urban areas. The team have a close working relationship with other emergency services, inparticular with Moffat Mountain Rescue Team who cover the eastern area of Dumfries and Galloway Region.
Air support is provided by Bristow Helicopters who in 2013, won the contract to deliver Search and Rescue Operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Bristow now operates from 10 Coastguard helicopter bases around the UK, and respond to all SAR incidents throughout the country.GMRT work closely with the team based at Prestwick Airport who operate the Augusta Westland AW189. The base is only 30 miles away or less than 15 a minute flight time. More info can be found at http://bristowgroup.com/uk-sar/sar-fleet/
Galloway MRT were deployed on the evening of 25th August to assist an injured walker North of Culsharg Bothy. Two team members were tasked and were able to locate casualty and help them off the hill. We wish the casualty a speedy recovery.
IT HAS been an exceptionally busy few weeks for the members of Galloway Mountain Rescue team. Over the last five weeks since lockdown restrictions have been relaxed, we have been called upon by Police Scotland to assist in six different incidents.
GMRT was called at 7pm on 18th August to assist a walker, disorientated in poor conditions. Technology helped to locate them quickly. Earlier the same day GMRT was on Standby to assist an injured cyclist but were stood down as Ambulance Service Crew were able to reach and evacuate them.