Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is a recognised Scottish Incorporated Charitable Organisation (SCIO) - SC020065 and is affiliated to Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR).
The Team is always tasked by Police Scotland.
In the event of a request from Police Scotland, the Team Leader, Depute, or one of our other Search Managers will be responsible for taking the decision to call out the full team. They will take into consideration all of the reported circumstances and develop a strategy to deal with the event. They have the option to request a wide range of search and rescue (SAR) assets, including a helicopter, search dogs from SARDA, drones, rescue boats or additional mountain rescue resources from nearby teams.
The team trains for one weekend day and one weekday evening per month, throughout the year with additional sessions for specialist skills such as water rescue and casualty care. Team Members are required to attend a minimum number of exercises to maintain their skills, knowledge and fitness.
Team Members are also involved in a wide range of fund raising activities throughout the year, to finance the purchase of essential equipment, running and replacement of our vehicles and maintenance of our Base.
We also have a group of members who actively promote the work of the Galloway MRT and mountain safety through regular demonstrations and lectures.
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.