How We Operate
The Lomond Mountain Rescue Team is a recognised Scottish Charity and is affiliated to the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. It is properly constituted and structured with an Executive Committee and Officers holding various positions (e.g. Secretary, Treasurer, Equipment Officer).
Co-ordination of mountain search and rescue throughout Scotland is the responsibility of the Police. Lomond MRT works very closely with Central Scotland Police who alert the team when they receive a 999 call. The Police decide which rescue agencies are required in any particular case. In many incidents the Lomond MRT works with the Scottish Ambulance Service, the Royal Navy (819 squadron from Royal Navy Gannet) as well as members from the Search and Rescue Dog Association, and of course the Police.
The Team trains regularly across the year with a short break over the summer period. It focuses its attention in those areas proven to be of most use on rescues. This includes work on first aid, navigation, casualty handling, communications, as well as joint operations with other rescue agencies such as the Loch Lomond Rescue Boat the Royal Navy and other mountain rescue teams in the area.
The team devotes much effort to fundraising and public relation exercises. It works closely with the Forestry Commission in promoting mountain safety and assists other agencies for first aid cover and marshalling, particularly for events within its area of operation. Several team members are actively involved in promoting mountain rescue and safety through lectures and demonstrations and all team members take part in various fund-raising projects.