New Scottish Mountain Rescue Chairman in post.

Scottish Mountain Rescue has elected Damon Powell as new Chair, taking over from Simon Steer who stepped down recently.

Accepting the appointment Damon commented, “I am delighted to accept this vital and challenging role. Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams are a world-class voluntary service delivering people to safety anywhere across Scotland at any time in any weather. It is a service reliant on voluntary funding and the dedicated commitment of volunteers with behind the scenes support of their family and often their employers.”

Damon, an active member of of Oban MRT who recently stepped down after 12 years as team leader went on, “There has been a busy start to the year for Scottish MRTs, with lengthy searches and tragically a number of fatalities in the mountains. Such events do take a toll on teams and their members and in turn members’ families; I take up this post with great respect for the dedication that the community of MRT members constantly exhibit.”

Kev Mitchell, team leader of Ochils MRT was appointed as Vice Chairman at the same time. Kev said “I’ve known Damon for a number of years and look forward to working with him and other members of the Executive in these important and challenging roles.”

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