Mountain Rescue

Mountain Rescue Badge Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue

The Mountain Rescue Service Headquarters is based at RAF Valley and supports the RAF's four MRTs based at Kinloss, Leuchars, Leeming, and Valley. Each team consists of 7 full-time personnel and up to 30 volunteers. The unpaid volunteers give up their spare time for training on at least two weekends in four, as well as one evening a week. Each team trains regularly with its civilian counterparts for the best possible cooperation and effectiveness. Their high standard of training and fitness enables them to search difficult terrain rapidly and effectively in adverse conditions.

Apart from their mountaineering prowess RAF MRT personnel are specialists in the management of aircraft crash sites. Once an accident site is located, they can provide first aid to any survivors, assist with evacuation and guard the area until crash investigators and assistance arrives.

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