In an emergency call 999 and ask for Police then Mountain Rescue
How to Call for Help – EMERGENCY IN THE HILLS
IN AN EMERGENCY, dial 999, ask for POLICE, then ask for MOUNTAIN RESCUE
Scottish Mountain Rescue (SMR) are delighted to see so many hillwalkers and climbers enjoying the mountains over the recent months. This summer has seen a noticeable increase in the number of people heading for the outdoors and, with foreign travel opportunities still limited due to coronavirus, it’s likely that many will carry on their new hobby throughout the winter. We would like to use this opportunity to remind all hillwalkers on ways to stay safe in the hills and how to call for help.
Scottish Mountain Rescue Vice Chair, Kev Mitchell said, “We are very lucky in Scotland to have a world class volunteer Mountain Rescue service. Help us, to help you, by being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency. If you are lost, in need of assistance or in an emergency, dial 999 ask for POLICE then MOUNTAIN RESCUE. Enjoy our incredible wild places and support our volunteer teams who will assist you any hour, any day and any weather.”
You have packed your rucksack, put your boots on and headed out for an adventure into the Scottish hills but STOP, have you considered what might happen if you get into difficulty and need to call out a mountain rescue team?
Given the increasing number of callouts that all teams across Scotland have attended recently, we need everyone to know what to do to avoid getting into difficulty and, if the worst happens, how to call for help.
Firstly, ensure that you are prepared by:
If you get into difficult in the mountains and need the assistance of mountain rescue, you need to:
IN AN EMERGENCY, dial 999, ask for Police, then ask for mountain rescue
The police will require your:
When planning your days out go to www.mountaineering.scot/safety-and-skills for valuable information.