Mountain Rescue volunteers are fully trained in line with their own team’s training programmes to handle the various situations in which they will find themselves, but that doesn’t mean they won’t find it physically and mentally exhausting at times.
As well as the physical challenges some situations can put extra pressure on volunteers. Some emergency call-outs may involve extraordinarily difficult circumstances, particularly when severe injury or loss of life is involved.
Families have a central role in supporting the local mountain rescue team and that’s something to be really proud of. However, being a family member of a volunteer can lead to some adjustments.
Without the support, encouragement and sacrifices of these family members, our volunteers wouldn’t be able to provide the community and those in distress with the help they need in an emergency. But, as family members, you may also need support at times.
Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR) has created a template booklet – Welcome to the Team, designed for family members (particularly for new members and their families) which tells them about what to expect when their family member volunteers.
Teams have the opportunity to personalise this template booklet for their own local use. Ask your local team for details.
In addition, SMR works with others to provide support for members of teams and their families in the following ways:
The local Team Leader or other team members will be able to connect volunteers and their families to the support systems that are available to Mountain Rescue (e.g. Police Scotland Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)).
You can also e-mail the Scottish Mountain Rescue Wellbeing Officer for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org