The members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are all volunteers and receive no payment or retainer fee.
Team Members (38 of us) 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 exercise 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.
The Team Management consists of a Team Leader and Depute Leader who hold their positions for a minimum of three years. An elected Committee of Team Members oversees the running and organisation. Committee members share responsibility for training, equipment, fund-raising, accounts, administration and press enquiries.
There is a wide range of expertise within the Team, which provides a breadth and balance of mountaineering and organisational skills. Members come from all walks of life and range in age form those in thier 20s to those in their 70s.
We are fortunate to have a member of SARDA South (Search and Rescue Dog Association, Southern Scotland) as part of our team. The dogs and handlers are of great benefit when the Team is involved in searches of the remote Galloway countryside and upland areas. The dogs allow the Team to cover larger search areas thereby reducing the time the casualty and Team are out on the hill.
Our Team Leader is a qualified drone Pilot and Member of SARAA Scotland (Search And Rescue Aerial Association). SARAA was founded in 2018 and aims, through the use of Unmanned Airborne Assets, to contribute to Land Search and Rescue Operations throughout Scotland. The team is growing in strength and we now fly 4 drones, with 9 qualified pilots throughout the country. All of our pilots are longstanding members of Scottish MountaiRescue Teams and SARAA hopes to continue developing this new and exciting asset within Scottish Mountain Rescue.
On the 25th and 26th July, Team Members were involved in an overnight search for an overdue walker in the Loch Doon area. The walker was found after taking steps to keep themself safe and Team Members were home in time for breakfast