The members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are all volunteers and receive no payment or retainer fee.
Team Members have a desire to put something back into the area where we live and work. We do this by providing a professional search and rescue service – free of charge! Members train regularly throughout the year covering all aspects of Mountain Rescue. This includes an annual joint excersize with other MR Teams in the south of Scotland – Moffat, Tweed Valley and Borders. Training outwith the area includes Winter Skills training which generally involves the team venturing into the Cairngorms or West Highlands.
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 and Ayr Fire Stations for our response vehicles, by kind permission of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
We are now exploring options to upgrade our accommodation to make it suitable for the decades to come. More to follow … … …