How We Operate


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.

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Callouts 2020/09 and 2020/10 06/08/2020

On 6th August, Galloway MRT were deployed twice in the space of just a few hours

Callout 2020/08 Missing Walker Near Loch Doon

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

Callout 2020/07 12/07/2020 Injured Walker on Screel Hill

On 12th July, Team Members evacuated an injured walker from Screel Hill. This was a challenging stretcher carry involving uneven and steep ground