Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams are fortunate to have some fantastic partners who provide vital funding and support.
The Scottish Government pays a grant each year in recognition of the work carried out by Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams within Scotland. Currently the annual grant is £312 000. This is distributed between the 28 civilian teams via a funding formula managed by Scottish Mountain Rescue.
For two decades St John Scotland (SJS) has been the largest charitable donor to MRTs in Scotland. By 2020 this will amount to over £3.5 million in funding, mainly through the provision of bases and vehicles.
St John Scotland has provided 15 team bases for mountain rescue teams in Scotland including those at Aberdeen, Arran, Arrochar, Dundonnell, Lomond, Moffat, Ochils, Skye and Torridon.
St John Scotland have also provided significant support towards purchasing, and helping fund replacements for, a large number of vehicles for teams since 1998.
In addition, in 2018 SJS supported MR across Scotland with a financial contribution toward the purchase of replacement radios. This is a vital development replacing aging and failing equipment with modern technology that has improved capabilities to make team members safer and will enhance our ability to aid people in distress.
St John Scotland have made a massive contribution to Mountain Rescue in Scotland over many years. We are incredibly grateful for their continued support. In return our teams are increasingly assisting St John Scotland with its work in taking public access defibrillators and CPR training to their communities, and we look forward to finding ways to continue to support each other in the future.
For more information on St John Scotland visit www.stjohnscotland.org.uk
We are grateful to the UK SAR Training Fund who support our National Training Programme.