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£40,000 new vehicle for Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

The brand new VW Transporter 4-Motion 4x4 Ambulance was funded by a £20,000 anonymous donation with the remainder being funded by St. John Scotland. Credit: Galloway Mountain Rescue Team

Galloway Mountain Rescue Team have just been handed their brand new rescue vehicle.

The forty thousand pounds, high-tech, four-by-four converts into an ambulance in less than one minute. It will be housed at Castle Douglas Fire Station, allowing for a quick and comprehensive response to any emergencies.

The brand new VW Transporter 4-Motion 4x4 Ambulance was funded by a generous £20,000 anonymous donation with the remainder being funded by St. John Scotland.

"The facilities there allow us to access the vehicle quicker to get it out to a call out where required. It also gives us the opportunity to work closely with our fire and rescue colleagues for training purposes and to provide a better service to the people of Dumfries and Galloway."

– Strap Ken MacKenzie Galloway, Mountain Team

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New home for Galloway MRT vehicle

"Well it's an absolute delight that we can work in partnership and provide secure accommodation for what is a state of the art vehicle for the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team.

"It provides a safe haven and prevents it from deteriorating, and it also means they've got the facility for a rapid response. Of course, as an emergency service we know how important that it."

– Ian Waugh, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Rescue vehicle converts into ambulance

The new seven-seater rescue vehicle has the capability of converting into an ambulance in under one minute. Any casualty can then be either treated at the scene or taken straight to hospital.

The 4x4 is fitted with the latest search and rescue technology including spot lights and a re-enforced chassis.

Castle Douglas Fire Station will house the vehicle, having moved from the Police Station.

High-tech rescue vehicle for Galloway MRT

The Galloway Mountain Rescue Team have been handed their brand new rescue vehicle.

The 4x4 is filled with high-tech equipment and can be turned into an ambulance in less than one minute.

An anonymous donation of £20,000 was given to the team, and the Order of St John Scotland funded the remaining £20,000.

"So we feel very very proud to help St John and I feel particularly proud to help St John in Galloway. I mean here we have vast tracks of open country and we're delighted that people come and spend time in it, but they do have accidents and get lost and these are the professionals who sort out those problems."

– Sir Malcolm Ross, Prior of the Order of St John Scotland

Rescue simulation in Lakes

Cyclist "rescued" in training exercise Credit: ITV News Border

Rescuers in the Lake District have been learning how to deal with a serious mountain biking accident.

A major exercise has been taking place near Ambleside, involving British Cycling, mountain rescue teams and an RAF search and rescue helicopter.


Rescuers come to help after biking accident Credit: ITV News Border
Rescuers have cycling "accident" sprung on them Credit: ITV News Border

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Man rescued from River Nith

A 61 year old man's being treated in hospital after being rescued from the River Nith in Dumfries.The man was spotted at around 5:30pm yesterday near to the Whitesands. Dumfries fire and rescue officers managed to pull him from the river.

He was treated at the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

Police aren't treating it as suspicious but would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the incident.

Two walkers rescued from Lake District ravine

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team members making their way down the ravine Credit: WMRT

Two men had to be rescued from a Lake District ravine after getting into difficulties on the Wasdale Screes.

The North West Air Ambulance were called out to the walkers in Great Gully, and 19 members of the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team were sent to help with the rescue on Tuesday afternoon.

Members from the North West Air Ambulance located the walkers Credit: WMRT

The Air Ambulance team spotted the casualties on the crags, and the mountain rescue were then able to make their way down the steep ravine using a fixed rope system.

One of the men was found to have an injured wrist, and he was winched up the crag.

The other man was uninjured and was roped to safety.

Mountain rescue team members using the fixed rope system Credit: WMRT

Two "lost" women rescued from Scafell Pike

The rescue teams making their way to Scafell Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Two women have been rescued from Scafell Pike in Cumbria after they became separated from their walking group.

A married couple were walking up the mountain with their sister and two sons when the group split into two at around 5pm last night (15th July).

The husband and two sons headed for the summit via Mickledore whilst the wife and sister, decided to take the easier route to the summit via Lingmell Col.

The ladies then failed to appear at the summit and a call was made from the husband to the emergency services at 10.30pm.

The missing pair were then contacted via a team leader at Wasdale Mountain Rescue and it was found that they were fit and well.

The decision was then made to wait until morning before calling out the recue team as the ladies could not give sufficient information for the rescuers to locate them.

The two ladies were then found on the southern slopes of Slight Side at 8.45am this morning (16th July).

The couple had reached the summit but then made a navigational error and walked down into Eskdale, before stopping when they reached steep ground.

Both ladies were uninjured.

Rescuers make their way up hill Credit: Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team would like to remind people to take sufficient clothing, equipment and food for emergency situations and also advise people to keep together, especially in groups with limited navigation skills.

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