A North-east mountain rescue team is to be armed with new extreme all-weather satellite phones to help them in missions.
Braemar Mountain Rescue will take delivery of the new devices in the coming weeks, which are usually used to aid remote communications to the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as the maritime, mining and aviation industries.
Until now the mountain rescue squad has struggled to communicate during rescues and exercises when in remote locations, due to lack of equipment and know-how.
But the new satellite phones should keep the team – which covers the Southern Cairngorms and Grampian area – in communication at all times.
Westhill-based RigNet, a leading global provider of digital technology solutions serving remote locations, is donating the devices, as well providing full training to the mountain rescue team.
Drew Paulson from RigNet said the company is keen to help the communities in which employees live, work and recreate.
He said: “RigNet have recently been working with the Braemar Mountain Rescue Service to understand their organisational needs and assess how we might help.
“In speaking with them, it has become abundantly clear that they struggle to communicate during rescues and exercises when in remote locations due to lack of equipment and know-how. To better assist them in serving out their charitable mission, RigNet is going to provide the rescue service with new extreme, all-weather satellite phones that will allow them communications and accessibility at all times, on all terrains and in all weather.”
As well as the equipment, the company will supply batteries, chargers and other accessories, as well as covering the services annual calling plans for the satellite phones.
Braemar Mountain Rescue Association was formed in 1965 by a group of local people who were concerned about the increasing number of mountain accidents.
Today, with almost 40 volunteers, the association is behind the provision of an emergency telephone at The Spittal of Glen Muick, as well as a yearly programme of lectures, visits and static displays.
The team is also involved in providing assistance to Police Scotland in the search for missing persons.