New base for Tayside mountain rescue

Tayside Mountain Rescue formally opened it’s new St John Scotland base at Skirmie Park, Welton Road in Blairgowrie on Saturday, September 28.

For the first time in the 40 years of organised mountain rescue within the Tayside area, volunteers have a dedicated training and operational base.

Those attending had the chance to engage with volunteers and see at first hand the skills and equipment needed to deliver this service. Attendees included senior members of the Order of St John, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service along with the Provost of Angus Helen Oswald and the Provost of Perth Elizabeth Grant.

Tayside Mountain Rescue is a collaboration of civilian and police teams who provide mountain rescue cover throughout the Tayside area.

Volunteers face many challenges and deal with a broad spectrum of incidents including, accidents involving remote workers such as forestry, farm and estates, lost or overdue hillwalkers, vulnerable missing persons, injured climbers and winter mountaineers, water incidents involving canoeists and resilience and community support during bad weather particularly in winter.

The new base has been provided by the care charity, St John Scotland and will be a focal point for mountain rescue across the area.