Volunteering to save lives in Scotland

There are 27 volunteer Mountain Rescue Teams (including Scottish Cave Rescue) with over 1000 volunteers, plus an additional 3 Police teams and 1 RAF team.  The teams offer a world class, front line, voluntary search and rescue service that is available any hour, any day and any weather.  The National representative organisation is Scottish Mountain Rescue (formerly called the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland).


  • Maintain the ability to deploy personnel and operate effectively and safely 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions.
  • Work in challenging and at times hostile environments in all mountainous terrain throughout Scotland.
  • Deploy under the authority of the Police.


Scottish Mountain Rescue, formerly known as The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, is a registered Scottish Charity – number SC045003