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A blast of wintry weather has seen Mountain Rescue teams across Scotland come to the aid of communities affected by treacherous winter conditions.

St John Scotland has been a proud supporter of Mountain Rescue teams for more than 20 years, having provided funding for many bases, as well as 4x4 vehicles for every team, which have proved vital when working in the recent challenging conditions.

The teams have been particularly busy in the Borders and Central Scotland. Moffat Mountain Rescue team were called upon to help transport nursing staff to work, as well as help emergency services free drivers from vehicles trapped in snow.

Meanwhile, the Ochils team had a busy 24 hours: having assisted the emergency call out to hundreds of drivers trapped on the M80 motorway, and worked alongside NHS Forth Valley to transport key medical personnel to patients, they were then called out overnight to a missing person search.

Other teams across the country have been equally busy, providing essential support to the community where needed, while St John Scotland’s own Patient Transport team in Fife also stepped in to help stranded NHS staff return home on Wednesday night when the bad weather hit.

You can read more about our support for Mountain Rescue here: http://stjohnscotland.org.uk/projects/at-home/mountain-rescue

Photo courtesy of Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue

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