Local MP, Luke Graham was delighted to accept an invitation from the Ochil Mountain Rescue team of volunteers to hear about the vital work they do, the area they cover, and the operational difficulties faced.
Mr Graham was given a tour of the bas in Fishcross as well being shown the team’s IT operating systems and their equipment – including the Land Rover Discovery.
The Ochil Mountain Rescue Team is a recognised body for lowland and mountain Search and Rescue, aiding Central Scotland Mountain Rescue Group members of Killin and Lomond MRTs in covering west into the Stirling area. Based just outside Fishcross, the operate a team of around 30 volunteers.
In an emergency, call 999 and ask for Police and then Mountain Rescue. They will respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 365 days a year in support of locating and recovering missing persons or people who have found themselves in difficult situations.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Graham said:
“It was great to meet some of the volunteers today. They are so passionate about the work they do and the time they give is a great commitment to the hills and ensuring the safety of everyone.
The Ochil Hills are beautiful but can be dangerous. It is important to remember that these volunteer teams are there to help in emergency situations and can be reached by dialling 999 and asking for Police then Mountain Rescue.”