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Mountain Rescue

Ochils Mountain Rescue team with their St John Scotland-funded vehicleMountain Rescue

St John Scotland has proudly supported Mountain Rescue teams across Scotland for many years, and will have provided over £3.2million in funding by 2020. 

In Scotland, there are 23 volunteer Mountain Rescue teams, with around 1,000 volunteers. These teams provide 24/7 search and rescue services, critical to keeping people safe.

Since we began our 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, Skye, Tayside and Tweed Valley.

The total cost of these bases has now topped £2 million. They were initially provided to the teams under licence and rent free, but are now owned by the teams themselves.

The other main element of support St John Scotland provides to Mountain Rescue is the provision of vehicles. A rolling programme was kicked off in 1998, when four teams a year received a new vehicle. Over the next ten years, 25 teams affiliated to Scottish Mountain Rescue successfully applied and took delivery of a new vehicle.

Each Mountain Rescue team works in a unique environment, so there is no 'typical' vehicle. Most of the teams in Scotland chose a Land Rover Defender, however each one required some degree of customisation and additional equipment such as winches, spotlights, roof racks and roll cages. Land Rover also adapted some of the early vehicles to ensure that a stretcher would fit in the vehicle. In some areas such as Glencoe, the terrain was such that the most suitable vehicle was a van with extra seating to take the team to the nearest point by road.

In 2011, St John Scotland then rolled out a programme to provide a grant for £20,000 for Mountain Rescue teams to replace old vehicles. 

St John Scotland is proud to support the dedicated and brave volunteers of the Scottish Mountain Rescue community in their life-saving work, helping those in need and danger. You can find out more about Mountain Rescue in Scotland by visiting www.scottishmountainrescue.org

St John Rescue Boats

Rescue boat 'St John' on Loch LomondSt John Scotland was the key sponsor of a rescue boat for one of the country’s most well-known attractions – Loch Lomond.

Launched by HRH Princess Anne in November 2006, the specially designed Arctic 22 rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB) named ‘St John’ – to which St John Scotland contributed £32,000 – is based in Luss, and is on call all year round. 

It is manned by a team of 23 volunteers who attend weekly training sessions. They are called out to help people on the loch around 60 times a year, and work closely with the Lomond and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Teams. 

St John Scotland also funded an £18,000 extension to the boathouse in Luss, which was opened in 2001, and the Dunbartonshire Team has funded smaller purchases in recent years.

A second RIB, bearing the name St John, is the Nith Inshore Rescue Boat, launched in 2010 and to which St John Scotland contributed £25,000.

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