The Arran Mountain Rescue Team SCIO was formed in 1964 with an initial group of 15 members. The first Team Leader was the Arran Estate Head Forester – Alistair Douglas.
We were formed as a unit of RAF Kinloss and this allowed the Royal Air Force to maintain our ropes and equipment. The Team inherited a Thomas Stretcher which had 8 lifting points and was easy to carry. Initial training for the team was again received from RAF Kinloss – this took place at the Blue Rocks area at Sannox.
The Team was initially based at Brodick Fire Station. Helicopter assistance (Wessex Choppers) initially came from RAF Leuchars (this was before HMS Gannet became operational). Insurance for Team Members did not exist and therefore a team member had to join the Special Constabulary to obtain Insurance cover.
Prior to the formation of the Arran Mountain Rescue Team volunteer groups including Arran Estate workers made up Rescue parties.