Rescue team ready to face 2019 challenges

AMRT members discuss their strategy in the pouring rain.

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Arran Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) members have taken part in their first training of the new year which was a night navigation exercise in the north of the island.

The team divided into two groups who both navigated their way to a pre-determined location in Catacol, one group setting off from Lochranza and the other from Thundergay.

A spokeswoman from AMRT said: ‘A great night was had practicing and brushing up on skills with map and compass, sat-map and choosing appropriate route choices.’

At their last training exercise at the start of December last year the team undertook scene management and stretcher handling training in the Merkland area where various scenarios were set up. Team members gained a great deal of hands-on practice going over first aid, casualty care, CPR and extracting casualties safely.

Continuous training is an integral part of the AMRT whose members are on-call 365 days a year and are all unpaid volunteers. The bulk of the 33 members are all experienced hillwalkers and mountaineers with many of them having served the organisation for a number of years.

‘The year just finished was a fairly steady year for the team with more than 20 callouts over the 12 months,’ the spokeswoman said.

‘We have welcomed a few new team members and now have three fully qualified mountain rescue dogs in the team. We also have an extra 4×4 vehicle to transport team members and kit more efficiently to callouts.

‘There is also an extension to our team base planned and we are very honoured and lucky to have all these things which make our lives much easier on every callout we attend.

‘We would like to thank the public and local community for all their amazing support to the team throughout the year and wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2019.’

AMRT is a registered charity and is funded by a combination of grant-aid, public donations and a number of fundraising activities that are held throughout the year.

Photos: AMRT

Darryl Urquhart-Dixon and search and rescue dog Ruby prepare to set off for the night exercise. No_B02AMRT01

Search and rescue dog Caileag joined members navigating to Catacol. No_B02AMRT02

Team members make use of modern technology in planning out their route selection. No_B02AMRT03

Getting back to basics, AMRT members use ‘old fashioned’ map and compass to navigate. No_B02AMRT04

Head-torches illuminate the path ahead as rescuers navigate through the mountains. No_B02AMRT05

AMRT members discuss their strategy in the pouring rain. No_B02AMRT06