Local Mountain Rescue Team receives £15,000 boost from the INEOS Community Fund to help keep people safe in the Scottish mountains
- The Ochils Mountain Rescue Team (OMRT), based near Grangemouth, has become the latest local charity in the Fife, Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire districts to benefit from a Community Fund established by INEOS.
- Over £15,000 donated by INEOS has enabled OMRT to update their technical clothing that is an essential part of maintaining their ability to provide an appropriate response in the hills.
- Simon Randfield, Deputy Team Leader at OMRT, says: “The grant we have received from the INEOS Community Fund is vital and will help us to continue our operations in Central Scotland and beyond, assisting those in need and encouraging safe practices in the hills. Specifically, the donation has been used for vital new technical clothing, so that we can continue to provide the best support, whilst ensuring our team stay safe.”
The Ochils Mountain Rescue Team that helps keep the local community safe in the Scottish Mountains has received over £15,000 from the INEOS Community Fund to assist their vital work.
From their base at Fishcross, near Alloa, the OMRT are a group of volunteers whose purpose is to locate and recover people who have found themselves in difficulties in the outdoors. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in any weather conditions, to provide such support. Since the pandemic there has been a 50% increase in call-outs. They use specialist helicopters and search dogs when appropriate. The OMRT also deliver workshops on mountain safety in the local area.
In support of their essential and life-saving work, the OMRT applied for and recently received a donation from the INEOS Community Fund to kit out the team in waterproof technical clothing manufactured by Páramo, as this is an essential part of maintaining their ability to provide an appropriate response in the hills. The Scottish Mountains are well-known for their potentially treacherous weather conditions and it can take a long time to locate lost climbers so mountain rescuers have to be able to rely on their clothing to keep them safe, warm and dry.
The £1m INEOS Community Fund was established by INEOS Chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe in March 2020 to support the local communities around INEOS’ 194 sites, initially to deal with and recover from the social challenges caused by the pandemic. The Fund delivered 159 lifeline grants through 2020 and now continues to support local communities in 2022 and beyond.
Simon Randfield, Deputy Team Leader at Ochils Mountain Rescue Team, said: “Our purpose is to save lives, which we seek to achieve by assisting the Police, emergency services and other agencies in search and rescue of missing persons primarily in Central Scotland and by encouraging safe practices in the hills.
“Each of our team members requires a helmet, climbing harness, waterproofs, amongst other essential clothing and equipment, to carry out lifesaving work. We are grateful for this contribution to fund our new technical clothing, helping us to achieve our purpose.”
The charity has been supported by INEOS’ Grangemouth site. Stuart Collings, CEO INEOS Chemicals Grangemouth, said: “INEOS has recognised the important role of the OMRT in the local community close to our manufacturing operations in Grangemouth and we are proud to help them during their time of need to keep people safe whilst enjoying the wonderful landscapes right on our doorstep.”