How We Operate

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team is a recognised Scottish Charity (SC020065) and is affiliated to the Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR).

It is properly constituted and structured with an Executive Committee and Officers holding various positions, namely:-

Chairman - Lex Muir 
*Leading the charity

Team Leader - Ken MacKenzie 
*Operational Lead during an Incident

Deputy Team Leader - Stewart Gibson
*Second in command during an Incident

Secretary - John Warnock 
*Charity Secretary

Treasurer - Richard Williams 
*Charity Treasure

Medical Officer - Chris Marshall 
*Medical Lead to ensure we comply with the most up to date medical assessments and treatments

Training Officer - Craig Patterson 
*Organising training and ensuring we meet SMR criteria

Assistant Training Officer - Stew Gibson 
*Assisting the Training Officer

Community Engagement Officer - Ken MacKenzie 
*PR lead for community events, website and social media

Members Secretary - David Tyson 
*Secretary to team members

Members Representative - William Samson
*Team member representative to the Committee

Equipment Officer - Ray McCutcheon
*Ensuring all our equipment is safely ready for action

Communications Officer - Ken McCubbin
*Radio communication lead to ensure we have one of the most vital pieces of equipment on a search and rescue

In the event of an incident being notified to the team, the team leader, his depute, or one of our other search managers, will be responsible for taking the decision to call-out the full team.  The search manager will take into consideration all of the reported circumstances and develop a strategy to deal with the event.  He/she has the option to mobilise or request a wide range of search and rescue (SAR) assets, including a helicopter, search dogs from SARDA, rescue boats or additional mountain rescue resources from nearby teams.

The team provides training regularly, on the last Sunday of each month and on a Wednesday evening between October and March.  Call-out members are required to attend a minimum number of exercises to ensure that their skills and knowledge are to an acceptable standard and it is their responsibility to ensure that they maintain a high level of physical fitness.

All team members, including our Support Group tier of members, are involved in a wide range of fund raising activities throughout the year, to finance the purchase of essential equipment, running of our vehicles and maintenance of our base.

We also have a group of members who actively promote the work of the team and mountain safety through regular demonstrations and lectures.

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Latest News

Callout 2020/01 04/02/2020 Evacuation of person from forest near Newton Stewart

Team Members were called to evacuate a man from forest near Newton Stewart on the evening of 4th February 2020.

New callout members welcomed to Galloway MRT

Galloway MRT welcomes Pete, Philip, Karen, Ross, Matt and Martin to the team

Search for Missing Person in the Wigtown / Bladnoch Area

GMRT assisted Police Scotland in the search for missing person Gavin Tait, last seen in Wigtown in mid March