Core Capabilities

 Scottish Mountain Rescue will:

  1. Deploy[1] under the authority of the Police Force in whose area they are located.
  2. Maintain the ability to deploy personnel and operate effectively and safely 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions.
  3. Work in a challenging and at times hostile environments in all mountainous terrain throughout Scotland.
  4. Assist the Police in multi-agency search and rescue (SAR) operations.
  5. Deliver best practice casualty care and evacuate casualties as appropriate.
  6. Operate safely along water margins.  Those teams that operate a flood or swift water rescue capability should have in place an appropriate agreement with their local Police and Fire and Rescue Service.
  7. Maintain radio communications compatible with the UK SAR band plan.
  8. Operate safely and communicate with the UK SAR helicopter fleet.
  9. Maintain appropriate partnerships with other local SAR stakeholders and community resilience providers.
  10. Safeguard, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of our personnel while undertaking Mountain Rescue activities.
  11. All teams are to be capable of effecting technical rescues on ground above the high water mark.
  12. Teams that wish to provide additional and/or enhanced SAR capabilities should have in place an appropriate agreement with their local Police Force.

These Core Capabilities will be kept under dynamic review by our Executive with any proposed amendments subject to approval by our General Committee.


[1] The final decision regarding the appropriate operational deployment of a team and the safe use of a team in any situation will always rest with the Team Leader.

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