The Dundonnell Mountain Rescue Team are to create a new base in Dingwall, allowing the Wester Ross volunteers to better cover their vast territory.
This will be the first base for the Dundonnell MRT on the east coast of their area and will house a meeting room, stores and garage for a vehicle.
The team currently have vehicles based in Ullapool, Gairloch, Dundonnell and Dingwall, with its 40-odd volunteer members living on both the east and west coasts of the region. The area served by Dundonnell MRT covers some 2,600 square miles and includes well-known mountain sections such as Coigach, the Fannichs, An Teallach, Strathconon, Strathfarrar, Glen Affric and Mullardoch.
Having used reserve funds to purchase the site at Dingwall Business Park the team now have to raise around £150,000 to construct and fit out the building.
Keith Bryers, chairman of Dundonnell MRT, said: “We are grateful to a local businessman who has kindly hosted our vehicle on his site for some years but we now need to establish a permanent base where we can meet, keep the van securely, store our gear and muster members for call-outs. Thanks to the generosity of the Order of St. John and other bodies we were able to fund bases at Ullapool and Dundonnell some years ago but, until now, struggled to find a suitable site in the Dingwall area.
“Having secured a site, we now have the challenge of raising this very large sum. However, we feel reasonably confident that there is good public support for the work we do and we have set ourselves the target of starting to build within about a year.”
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