From its humble beginnings of makeshift stretchers and swiftly-gathered, ad hoc search and rescue parties, mountain rescue has certainly grown up. Now a world-class, professional service it remains entirely voluntary at the point of delivery, trained to operate in the harshest of environments, both on and off the mountains.
Our History of Mountain Rescue tells the story of its development, from those late-eighteenth century farmers and countrymen, through the formation of a separate organisation for Scotland and the changes brought by technology, through Royal patronage to the present day.
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