Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland

Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland (MRCofS), now known as Scottish Mountain Rescue[1] is the body which represents and coordinates mountain rescue teams in Scotland. It has 27 affiliated mountain rescue teams.

Scottish Mountain Rescue consists of 21 volunteer mountain rescue teams, 2 search and rescue dog associations (SARDA) with over 1000 volunteers, plus an additional 3 police teams, 1 RAF team and Scottish Cave Rescue.[2]

The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland (MRCofS) was formed in 1965.[2] It is a registered charity (number SC015257).

In 2011 it received annual funding grant of £312,000 from the Scottish Government.[3] This is distributed between the teams, with the largest grant, £24,000 going to the Lochaber MRT.[4]

Increasingly, the organisation has seen demands for "non-mountain" rescue operations in response to events such as flooding, and searching for missing people. However, a reported split in the organisation in 2016 prompted by this was denied.[5] Later that same year the Cairngorm, Glen Coe, Lochaber and Tayside teams left the organisation to form Independent Scottish Mountain Rescue (iSMR).


Volunteer Mountain Rescue teams

Police teams

  • Police (Grampian) MRT
  • Police (Strathclyde) MRT
  • Police (Tayside) MRT

RAF team

Search and rescue dog associations

  • SARDA (Scotland)
  • SARDA (Southern Scotland)

Drone Search and Rescue

  • Search and Rescue Aerial Association - Scotland (SARAA-Scotland)[6]

Cave rescue teams

  • Scottish Cave Rescue


  1. "About us". Scottish Mountain Rescue. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  2. "About us". Scottish Mountain Rescue. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. "Rise for Scottish mountain rescue grant". Scottish Government. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. Christopher Sleight (2016-01-30). "Mountain rescue row as teams plan to leave official body". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  5. Bob Smith (2016-02-04). "Scottish mountain rescuers deny split as three teams question organisation's 'focus'". Grough. Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  6. Campbell, Rita. "Drones become Mountain Rescue Team's latest recruit". Press and Journal. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
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