Mountain Rescue

As well as our own volunteer-led services, St John Scotland supports others working to save lives in our communities.

Since the 1990s we have supported Scottish Mountain Rescue teams across the country by providing funding for vehicles and bases to help the volunteer teams carry out their duties.

Over the years, we have provided bases for 14 teams including Aberdeen, Arran, Arrochar, Dundonnell, Galloway, Lomond, Moffat, Oban, Ochils, Skye, Tayside and Tweed Valley.

Photo of a mountain rescue base

Having a permanent and secure base is hugely important to the teams, giving them somewhere they can store equipment, conduct training, and coordinate search and rescue callouts.

Originally provided by St John Scotland, ownership of the bases has since been handed to the teams themselves – but they still proudly display the St John Scotland logo.

As well as bases, St John Scotland began a rolling programme of providing vehicles to Mountain Rescue teams in 1998. Since then, all teams in Scotland have taken delivery of a new and updated vehicle to be used on callouts.

Our support for Scottish Mountain Rescue continues, and most recently, we donated funding to enable the provision of state of the art radio technology to SMR teams.

Find out more about Scottish Mountain Rescue by visiting their website.

Photo of mountaineering volunteers next to their vehicle