Saturday, 26 December 2009

Hero’s and Heroines


To me the fact that people are willing and continue throughout the year to put their lives at risk to save other people is what gives me hope that us as people and the human race will go on into the future and become a happier and more caring part of the planet.

below is a list of people that has always filled me with admiration

Scottish R.N.L.I
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. We provide a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and RoI, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.
The RNLI also works to promote sea and beach safety.

scot-mrt-logo.gif    Scottish Mountain Rescue
Mountain Rescue in Scotland is carried out on a voluntary basis by members of the various mountain rescue teams. Each of the teams is based in a particular area, and has, in principle a specific area within which it is available to help. In practice the teams cooperate considerably and these boundaries are very flexible.
The teams do not only carry out the rescue of mountaineers. Their work is probably better described as "rescue where mountaineering skills are useful". Examples of this would include rescuing motorists stranded in snow or more recently searching for pilots of "downed aircraft" in the mountains.

  • Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland

  • MRC of S Teams Page

  • Aberdeen MRT

  • Cairngorm MRT

  • Braemar MRT

  • Glencoe MRT

  • Galloway MRT

  • Moffat MRT

  • Dundonnell MRT

  • Ochil Hills MRT

  • Lomond MRT

  • Tayside MRT

  • Oban MRT

  • Borders S &R Unit

  • Fire Brigade : Highlands and islands fire rescue


    Welcome to the Highlands & Islands Fire & Rescue Service web site.  
    Our Service is the most northerly in the UK covering a geographical area of approximately 12,000 square miles.   We provide a fire, rescue and community safety service to the populations of the Highlands, the Shetland Islands, the Orkney Islands and the Western Isles.
    We employ up to 1500 staff who are committed to making our area a safer and better place to live, and our functions are provided through a network of 123 units  consisting of 1 wholetime station, 95 retained stations and 27 community response units.  Our Headquarters is based in Inverness, with District offices at 11 locations throughout the Service area.
    Brian A Murray
    Chief Fire Officer

    I will carry on and add to this list as my signal here in the frozen north allows

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