Galloway Mountain Rescue Team was formed in 1975 in Newton Stewart, after a number of incidents during the 1960’s highlighted the need for a local Rescue Team. The team was originally called the ‘Galloway Search And Rescue Group’ and in 1983 was accepted into membership of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland and was renamed Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.
Galloway MRT provides emergency support to partner agencies, assisting in a wide range of incidents and not only those traditionally associated with Mountain Rescue. The team have a dedicated Swiftwater Rescue team and assist Police Scotland in Urban searches and community resilience to name a few of the diverse callouts that they help with.
Today it was announced that the team have been awarded a Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This is a tremendous recognition of all the hard work that both past and current team members have contributed. It’s a huge thank you to everyone involved with the team – to all those that have donated and raised funds for GMRT, to families of team members who have supported the team so enthusiastically, in its 45 year history.
Volunteers involved in Mountain Rescue provide a unique emergency service, it takes enormous commitment to ensure that we can respond to those in need, Any Day, Any Hour, Any Weather.