Dundonnell Mountain Rescue
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue exists to help anyone who gets into difficulty on Scottish hills. It is a voluntary mountain rescue team covering some 2,600 square miles, about 9% of Scotland’s Main land area.
The funding provided by the Crerar Trust will assist with the requirement of an east coast base. A site has been purchased and the funding will now be used to build the base.
Our 35 qualified team members are available 24/7/365, to provide assistance, at the request of the police, to fulfil the their main purpose which is to help anyone in difficultly on the hills. They also apply our specialist skills to search for missing (often vulnerable) people in semi-urban, agricultural or forestry areas. The police do not themselves have the capacity or capability to stage mountain rescues or searches and rely heavily on Dundonnell Mountain Rescue in the event of the mountain incidents, particularly when rescue helicopters are unavailable.
The territory is particularly large, much of it rugged terrain, remote from roads, including many of the major mountain ranges e.g. Affric, Mullardoch, Fisherfield and the Fannichs and includes over 40 Munros as well as some 65 other hills of note.
Members are trained in advanced first aid, several members are casualty care practitioners, qualified to administer advance trauma care including pain-relieving drugs. In emergencies. Medical equipment is frequently carried into the mountains in addition to other rescue gear and members’ personal kit. To maintain skill levels, using up-to-date casualty management techniques, team members must be sent on residential training courses. Members train monthly on a range of relevant topics including belaying, search techniques, radio procedures, casualty packaging and working with rescue helicopters.
DMRT has sufficient buildings and assets to cover the western part of area. However, with 50% of the team being based in the east and often being called out to the popular but remote areas west of Inverness, the requirement of an east coast base has been clear for some time.
The new base will extend to some 196 sq. metres, comprising an equipment store, a garage, a room for training with a kitchen and a drying room/toilet with shower. With the more convenient location that a formal base will provide for both storing the minibus and picking up the team for a callout, we shall be able to provide faster response to call-outs for any parts of our area. Evening training sessions will also become a practical proposition.