Scottish Mountain Rescue have published their Annual Review for 2020.
The Annual Review covers the year 2020 and looks at the work of the volunteer rescue teams, team member profiles and rescue stories, as well as achievements that have been made over the year.
Kev Mitchell, Vice Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue said “We hope the production of our Annual Review will give the general public a flavour of the hard work and commitment shown by Scottish Mountain Rescue team volunteers and, while we are proud of 24,401 hours of volunteering on callouts, this figure can easily be doubled when training activities are taken into account. A truly magnificent effort from SMR teams who have faced challenge after challenge with the changes Covid-19 has thrown at them but, despite this, continue to carry on Volunteering to Save Lives, Any Hour, Any Day, Any Weather.”
This year’s Annual Review reflects on the unusual year we’ve all experienced and the huge amount of work carried out by the teams to adapt to an ever-changing environment, ensuring that an effective and efficient service could be delivered by the mountain rescue teams across Scotland. 2020 saw our busiest callout periods pre and post-lockdown as people headed out into the hills in search of adventure.
SMR Chair, Damon Powell, was delighted by both the staff and teams’ enthusiasm and ability to rise to the challenges posed “Centrally for SMR the coordination effort of the first few months was enormous and the willingness of everyone to find the time to help and support, whatever they had going on in their own lives at that point, was genuinely humbling.”
SMR believes that the teams are well prepared moving forward and Damon concluded his piece in the Annual Review by saying that “No doubt the future will continue to challenge the teams to adapt to the demands of a changing society, technological developments and the demographics of those we respond to. But whatever those challenges might be, I feel confident that teams will continue to learn and adapt to provide Scotland with the continued world-class Mountain Rescue Service.”