Our Constitution

The constitution of the national representative organisation Scottish Mountain Rescue can be downloaded from here.


The organisation’s purposes are to facilitate, through Mountain Rescue:

(a) The saving of lives,
(b) The advancement of health, and
(c) The location and relief of people who are lost, injured, missing, or otherwise in need of assistance.

For the avoidance of doubt, the term “Mountain Rescue” includes all terrain search and rescue.


The organisation has the full range of powers available to a charity, as specified in the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. In addition to those powers the organisation shall also have such powers as are necessary to achieve the following:

(a) To facilitate the provision of a civilian mountain rescue service in Scotland and to this end liaise closely with the Police, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Marine & Coastguard Agency, Scottish Ambulance Service, Fire and Rescue Service, and the Scottish Government;

(b) To make recommendations to the Scottish Government for the provision and maintenance of Mountain Rescue Posts in Scotland;

(c) To maintain the licensing of opiate drugs administered by mountain rescue personnel;

(d) To promote and encourage the advancement and knowledge of Mountain Rescue skills;

(e) To be the representative and liaison organisation for the mountain rescue services in Scotland;

(f) To administer such funds as are provided by outside bodies or raised on behalf of the organisation for the purpose of fulfilling the purposes of the organisation;

(g) To further the cause of Mountain Rescue;

(h) To promote safe practise in the Scottish mountains.

See link above for full pdf

Each rescue team is an independent organisation and in most cases have their own constitutions.

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