Lomond Mountain Rescue Team provides an unparallelled service on the Mountains, Lochs and Forests in Central Scotland. The charity, now over forty years old, covers one thousand square miles of geographically diverse terrain largely within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Thirty five voluntary full team members are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to assist lost, ill or injured walkers, runners, cyclists, climbers and holiday makers within the region. Centrally located in a new, purpose built Rescue Post in the village of Drymen, the Team is ideally situated to quickly respond to any emergency in its off road vehicles. Members meet twice a month (midweek and weekends) to train in a broad spectrum of skills such as advanced first aid, search mangement, casualty care, navigation, off road driving, radio communications and technical ropework. In addition to general rescue training, members are also committed to a series of essential fund raising days.
The Team works closely with a variety of agencies and Rescue Teams. Within the ranks there are search dog handlers affiliated to SARDA (the Search and Rescue Dog Association). Strathclyde and Central Scotland Police Forces who initiate the 'call out.' Unique to the area is the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat which assists teams in shoreline searches and transportation to the many Islands and inlets on Loch Lomond itself. Finally, and the most visible, is the link with the Royal Navy Sea Kings, from RNAS Gannet near Prestwick