Tayside and Central Scotland

New Tayside Mountain Rescue base opens

rescue helicopter
Image caption The new base will serve as an operational centre for rescue teams

A new mountain rescue base is being opened in Blairgowrie, Perthshire - the first of its kind in the area for 40 years.

The facility at Skirmie Park will serve as a dedicated training and operational base for volunteers with Tayside Mountain Rescue team.

It was funded by the care charity St John Scotland.

Rescuers will use the base to provide cover from the Angus Glens to Highland Perthshire.

The new base is due to open on Saturday at 13:00.

The facility will be used to support teams involved in the rescue of remote forestry, farm or estate workers, lost or overdue hillwalkers, injured climbers and will offer community support during bad weather.

Training for other mountain rescue teams will also take place at the site, with Tayside already at the forefront of rigging and canyon rescue skills.

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