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New base gifted to Mountain Rescue Team

Friday 20th October 2017, 2:06pm

St John Scotland has transferred ownership of Galloway’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 Galloway base, in Newton Stewart, is the fifth 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.

Prior to Galloway MRT making the building their team base, it was a local ambulance station. It became available when Scottish Ambulance Service developed a new station in Newton Stewart.

Ken MacKenzie, Team Leader said: “The support given across Scottish Mountain Rescue by St John Scotland has been amazing. From Galloway MRT’s point of view we would be nowhere near our current position with our base and vehicles without this fantastic support. They greatly assist us in providing our service to the public across Galloway and South Ayrshire”

A spokesperson for St John Scotland said: “We are delighted to be able to gift the Galloway base to the team. However, this will not be the end of our relationship and we look forward to maintaining and strengthening our existing links with the team.”

St John Scotland will maintain a close relationship with the Galloway Mountain Rescue team and upon its transfer, the base will be known as ‘Galloway Mountain Rescue Team, St John Base’.

Since forming in 1975, Galloway Mountain Rescue Team has responded to over 420 incidents in Dumfries and Galloway. For more information about the team, visit: www.gallowaymrt.org.uk/

St John Scotland is a Scottish charity dedicated to saving and enhancing life. Formed in 1947, St John Scotland is headquartered in Edinburgh and divided into twelve areas, each with their own projects and activities.

As well as being the biggest contributor to Scottish Mountain Rescue teams, the charity also funds a Mountain Safety Instructor, who provides training to young people from university mountaineering clubs across Scotland through a joint scheme with Mountaineering Scotland.

Photo by Eric Sloan.