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A taste of mountain rescue in action is being offered to potential new recruits by Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team, as they seek new members for their important work.

Heb MRT is a voluntary organisation, members of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. They are regularly tasked by Western Isles police to help out with mountain rescue, search and rescue and community resilience.

Working alongside other services such as the Coastguard and NHS, the team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is entirely dependant on public donations to fund the equipment, vehicles and other tools needed to operate as an efficient emergency service.

As part of their continuing quest to reinforce the team with active and willing new members, they are opening up one of their regular training sessions as a taster day for prospective rescuers.

A team spokesperson said it would give people the chance to get a feel for what mountain rescue involves and to meet the team.

The hill training day will be on Saturday 18 December from 9am, in an area to be confirmed, and anyone interested can get in touch via their Facebook page at or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pictures show some of the team’s recent training activities (Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team).