It’s really good to celebrate international Woman’s day yesterday. I was so pleased to see this piece on a good friend Jan Millar. I have known her for nearly 40 years and we met on many Mountain Rescues. In these days I was very impressed that SARDA had several women in their ranks. I have always been impressed by there dedication often working alone in the mountains. It’s lovely to Jan acknowledged and to see that she has inspired so many with her efforts. Thank you for all your work over the years.
⭐️International Women’s Day⭐️
Jan Millar of Lomond Mountain Rescue Team.
We would like to introduce some of our female team members, who share their experiences of joining and being part of a mountain rescue team in Scotland.
We asked Jan about being a team member of Lomond MRT.
I joined LMRT and SARDA at Easter 1987, so coming up for 35 years…
Spending long summer holidays on Arran growing up I was encouraged to explore the hills as long as I had the family dog with me. This love of being in the hills with a dog for a companion obviously left quite a mark. When I joined Lomond MRT I also started training my first search dog. I was in SARDA Southern, then SARDA Scotland for 24 years, having worked 3 full search dogs and as I started to train my 4th I reluctantly had to retire due to injury. Training, assessing and working my search dogs all over Scotland and the Lake District has given me fun times, exciting times, petrifying times and some upsetting times.
But what I treasure are the memories of 4 fantastic dogs, one, Skia, still with me, and the lifelong friendships I’ve made along the way.
The best bit about being in Mountain Rescue is spending time with a similar group of people working towards a common goal. Team Members are a group of diverse characters bonded together who enjoy mountaineering; helping others and working as part of a team. It’s hard to describe the humour and the teasing within the Team but it’s such a vital part of coping with some of the callouts we deal with and having that support around you makes the transition from a voluntary Team Member role back to real-life easier to do.
Instead of spending callouts out on the hill in all weathers I am now in the Search Control Vehicle helping to run callouts – warm and dry!!
The most memorable thing was my first callout – my first search dog qualified in October 1988 and on the 22nd December 1988 the call came to travel south to Lockerbie… a life changing event for us all.
To read Jan’s full story, click the link below:
Thank you all for your dedication over the years.