Lomond Mountain Rescue.

In a recent flier, we talked about the unsung heroes in our armed forces. Well, here is an opportunity to learn more about the volunteers who man Mountain Rescue Teams.

Almost daily, summer and winter, we see TV coverage of the end of an operation to save lives and property but do we ever think of the commitment necessary to make it happen?

Weather patterns are changing and combined with increased outdoor leisure activities by the often inexperienced participants, there is a growing demand for the services of these voluntary organisations.

The Lomond Mountain Rescue Team are based in Drymen and they cover an area of 1000 square miles to the North of Glasgow. The team is made up of about 50 volunteers each with their own particular skills e.g. Para medics. Teachers, pilots, accountants, engineers etc. All volunteers are experienced mountaineers and hill walkers and even so, still have to attend numerous training courses each year. The team provides search and rescue operations within the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Many of the call-outs do not involve mountains. Missing persons come to mind. Flooding and other water disasters are becoming all too common. The police frequently use the services of the Mountain Rescue in other major emergencies because they provide a service not necessarily provided by others. They support the NHS ambulance services for difficult casualty evacuation. They support government agencies/emergency services in flood and heavy snowfalls. They support government agencies/emergencies services at major incidents. Swift water rescues and animal rescues are all within their area of expertise.

Space does not permit us to detail any specific rescues that this team has taken part in over recent months but come along and listen to our Speaker describe what it is actually like to be there facing life and death decisions.

Cost is £2 per person but we provide tea/coffee/biscuits from 10.30 onwards. The Association will be giving a donation to their funds.

The presentation will be held at Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, on Monday, 9th March 2020.

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS OUTING SHOULD BE MADE IN THE NORMAL MANNER, BY RESPONDING TO THE MAILINGS THAT WILL BE SENT OUT IN EARLY JANUARY.