The Ochils Mountain Rescue Team is a little closer to buying their new much needed vehicle after receiving a donation from Graham’s The Family Dairy. The £1,000 gift will help the charity, which is part of Scottish Mountain Rescue, in their bid to buy a new Land Rover. The 4×4 will be fully fitted with first aid equipment, stretchers, ropes, rigging kit, casbag, vacuum mattress, defibrillator, oxygen, entenox and radios.
The Ochils Mountain Rescue Team is made up of 40 volunteers who are all specially trained in search and rescue. They respond via 999 calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year and in all weather conditions to those walkers and mountaineers in trouble or danger in the Ochil hills and surrounding areas. Since the New Year the Team has been involved in two call outs. The Team is also called upon by Police Scotland to assist in searches for missing persons within urban areas on a regular basis and other community emergencies such as flooding during adverse weather.
Commenting on the donation Robert Graham, managing director at Graham’s The Family Dairy said: “We as a family enjoy the great outdoors and especially the Ochils which are on our doorstep. We are therefore pleased to be supporting our local search and rescue team with this donation. We wish them continued success in the dedicated and courageous work they carry out in the surrounding area.”
Kev Mitchell, Ochils Mountain Rescue Team Leader, added: “The support we receive from the community and local businesses is essential. This donation enables us to continue to deliver a critical front line emergency service to those in need on the hills and within various local communities including Bridge of Allan, the home of Graham’s Dairy”.