St John Scotland has officially transferred ownership of Tayside’s Mountain Rescue base to the team.
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. Since it began its support of Mountain Rescue, St John Scotland has provided bases for 14 teams in Scotland including Aberdeen, Arran, Arrochar, Dundonnell, Galloway, Lomond, Moffat, Oban, Ochils, two bases in Skye, Tayside, Tweed Valley and Ullapool.
The Tayside base, is the fourth base of thirteen to be gifted from St John Scotland to the team itself. The cost of these bases has now topped £2 million and until now, were provided to the teams under licence and rent free.
This week, Tayside Mountain Rescue team also unveiled their new Command Vehicle, to which St John Scotland contributed £20,000. The new Command Vehicle, or Incident Control Unit, is critical in the coordination of rescues.
Stuart Johnston Team Leader commented, “We are especially delighted to be working in partnership with St John Scotland - their support to the emergency services is legendary. Our special relationship not only provides us with much needed resources, such as our new team training base and incident command vehicle, but vastly increases our resources and visibility that enables Tayside MRT to be a world class emergency service. It’s a huge privilege for all team members to serve the public and visitors in Tayside and contribute massively to the emergency service sector.
The gifting of a new team base by St John Scotland supports our team member training and call out operations - we are all extremely grateful for St John Scotland’s support.”
Tayside MRT was established in 1974, during that period they have contributed to saving hundreds of lives from those seriously injured, to those who have gone missing in Tayside’s remote mountains and moorlands. The team is supported by 30 volunteer mountaineers who attend rescues in “All Weather. All Terrain. All Hours.” This year Tayside MRT have been busier than ever and are the 3rd busiest rescue team in Scotland.