Today I have been invited to be at the opening of the Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team base at Dingwall. Dundonnell MRT cover a huge area in the North of Scotland that is sparsely populated and to have raised £185000 is a huge undertaking. It operates in an area I love and I am very fond of the team after nearly 40 years of working with them. Like the 4 far Northern Teams they cover some of Scotland’s finest mountain areas. This is the land of An Teallach, Fisherfield and many more great wild remote hills, far from the road. It will be great to share the day with some specail people. Coigach, An Teallach, the Fannichs, Ben Wyvis, Glen Affric, Mullardoch and Strathfarrar/Monar. The area goes as far south as Invermoriston and takes in 40 Munros and some 75 other mountains of note. What an area!
From the North West Guide book published by the SMC
“The Northwest is the most wild and rugged part of the Highlands; vast tracts of it are remote from roads and human habitation and the walker and climber in these mountains can experience a sense of solitude and isolation as in few other parts of the country.”
I have been asked to say a few words at the event it will be short but a huge thanks to all those who donated and the families and friends who make the Mountain Rescue teams work possible .
In Mountain Rescue we are so lucky we are supported by family. and friends who without their love and care we could never do this at times difficult job. They sit and wait for us at home as we go out on these wild call – outs and pray for our safe return. Few outside the Mountain Rescue Family can imagine their thoughts at times and the worry that many have. We at times miss birthdays, social events, parties and other important family events due to a Call – out and it does at times effect relationships and especially our children.. Yet finding someone alive and bringing them off the hill is an incredible experience that we have had the privilege to be part of.
The team continues to carry out its job in these wild mountains in a hugely professional way. To many you are a great example on how to run a team with the Police and the locals working so well together. Your combined experience, in-depth training, skills and history have been hard-won and some great individuals have made huge influences over the years. Though the team has had it share of tragedy recently the team goes form strength to strength. The strength though is the team, the men, woman (and dogs) that make this such a special group to belong to. It is an amazing story from the early days you are unsung heroes all of you but even more so you are part of a unique Mountain Rescue Family. I know this from personal experience and what you have done for friends and mountaineers in the past.
“The kit on the outside and the equipment may have changed.
Underneath the heart and soul of the teams remains the same”
On behalf of all who love the mountains and wild places a huge thanks to you all.
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT)
operate in a vast area of rugged and
remote mountainous country. The team
of around 35 volunteers is available
24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help anyone in difficulty on the hills, mountains or crags in an area spanning more than 2,600 square miles.
Welcome to our website. http://www.dmrt.org.uk/
Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team – Dingwall Base Appeal
St.John Scotland – The order are a major Sponsor of Scottish mountain rescue in general and have assisted us with financial support many times over the years. We are extremely grateful for their assistance so far and long may it continue. Thank you.
“A big, big thank you to everybody who donated to make this possible”
After a 2-year funding campaign Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) is delighted to announce that it has reached its funding target to enable the team to build a base in Dingwall.
A TEAM of mountain rescuers who cover a vast area across Ross-shire is celebrating the completion of its new east coast base.
The premises at Dingwall Business Park has recently been handed over to Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) which raised £185,000 to fund the purpose-built base.
It was designed by architect Reynolds Architecture and built by contractor J C Cameron Ltd.
Keith Bryers, chair of the DMRT Board of Trustees, said: “The team’s ‘east coasters’ are very pleased to have taken occupation of the base, which will provide, for the first time, a secure garage for the team’s east coast vehicles, a training room and stores.
“We shall have a formal opening later in the year but we are already using it for training events and as a muster point on being called out by Police Scotland.”
Mr Bryers paid tribute to the generosity of the project’s main funders, the Robertson Trust, sportscotland, Stafford Trust, Crerar Hotels Trust, SSE Fairburn Community Windfarm Trust, Robert Barr Trust, Foyle Foundation, Basil Samuel Trust, Nancy Massey Trust, The Great Wilderness Challenge, Lochluichart Community Trust, W M Mann Trust, AMW Trust, Scottish Mountaineering Trust, Strathconon & Scardroy Estate, Letterewe Estate and Lifescan Scotland. The team of around 40 volunteers is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help anyone in difficulty on the hills.
The team’s territory covers 2,600 square miles of rugged and remote mountainous terrain, including Coigach, An Teallach, the Fannichs, Ben Wyvis, Glen Affric, Mullardoch and Strathfarrar/Monar. The area goes as far south as Invermoriston and takes in 40 Munros and some 75 other mountains of note.
The team already has rescue posts at Dundonnell, Ullapool and Gairloch, with vehicles based at these locations, plus Dingwall.
Members are spread throughout the various communities in the team’s area.
Further information about the team, which is a registered charity, and its activities, including how a donation can be made to help fund the team’s activities, can be found on the team’s website: http://www.dmrt.org.uk
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