The members of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team are local men and women who give up their time to assist others in times of emergency. We 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, and we do this by providing a professional search and rescue service - free of charge! Members train once or twice monthly 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.
New members serve a minimum 12 months probationary period when they are assessed with the aim of being added to the full call out list. The Team Management consists of a Team Leader and Depute Leader who hold their positions for a minimum of three years. An elected committee oversees the running and organisation of the Team. Committee members share responsibility for training, equipment, fund-raising, accounts, administration and press enquiries. Again, all are volunteers who receive no payment for these important duties. Our newly formed fundraising sub committee hope to generate additional income to help maintain our new base and offset other additional expenditure.
The Team presently consists of 45 members with 36 being on the call out list. There is a wide range of expertise within the Team, from Mountain Guides to social hill walkers, which provides a breadth and balance of mountaineering and organisational skills. Members come from all walks of life - local government employees, police officers, teachers, students, mechanics, forestry workers, farmers, self-employed, retired to list a few. The age range for members is from 18 to 70.
We are also fortunate to have SARDA (Southern Scotland) members (Search and Rescue Dog Association) 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.
St John Scotland is proud to be the biggest contributor to Scottish Mountain Rescue teams for many years and by 2020, the charity will have provided over £3.2 million in funding, mainly through the provision of bases and vehicles