Mountain Rescue in
Scotland is the responsibility of the Police. In The
Highlands of Scotland the police do not have the manpower to
carry out mountain rescues and hence the responsibility of
mountain rescue is devolved to civilian mountain rescue
teams. The police in The Scottish Highlands regard civilian
mountain rescue teams as their greatest asset when persons
are lost or injured in the mountains.
Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT) has 43 team members. These team
members are unpaid volunteers who give up their time and
skills going to the aid of any one in trouble on the hills.
The team members are mountaineers themselves and therefore
understand fully the attractions of the wild and beautiful
environment, which the mountains can provide.
Arguments for a paid
service are discounted by the CMRT as they firmly believe
that a paid service would not provide any better service and
would be less cost effective than the current arrangements.
All decisions made by the CMRT are taken in the best
interests of the casualty without the thought of recompense
or of the cost of the operation. As long as the public
continues to financially support mountain rescue teams then
we believe the status quo should remain.
cover primarily the following areas. The Drumochter Hills,
The Ben Alder Massif, Ardverikie Wall on Binnein Shuas,
Craig Dhubh at Newtonmore, the Monadhliath Mountains over to
Loch Ness, the Northern Cairngorms including the climbing
areas of the Loch Avon basin such as the Shelter Stone Crag,
Hells Lum, Stag Rocks, the moors up towards the Moray Coast
and north as far as Inverness.
Although called a
mountain rescue team we have been involved in recent years
in looking for crashed aircraft, attempted suicides, lost
children, missing adults from residential homes \
rehabilitation centres, and regularly rescuing persons from
cars trapped in snow drifts on the main A9 trunk road
between Inverness and Perth.
As a unit capable of
surviving in extreme weather and being completely
self-sufficient with radio communications, vehicles and
rescue equipment we will go into any inhospitable terrain
when the police ask for assistance. I think one of the
secrets of the success of the camaraderie, dedication and
professionalism of the CMRT is that as we volunteer our
services - we can always say NO - Hence we always say YES.
Willie Anderson-Team Leader