A new leader has taken the helm within the team at Galloway Mountain Rescue.
Taking over from Mike McCann, who has been the team leader for thepast three years, is Ken Mackenzie.
Ken joined the team in 2002 and has been the deputy team leader since 2011. He most recently project managed thebuilding and renovation work at the team’s new base in Newton Stewart and the purchase and special conversion of the new rescue vehicle which will be based atCastle Douglas. He is a deputy head teacher at the Douglas Ewart High School and lives in Stranraer.
Standing down from the role, former team leader Mike McCann said: “The last three years have reinforced my strong belief that our team provides a professionallevel of service by volunteers, for the public and supported by the public.
“The public’s support has been fantastic and it is they who allow us to function to the level we do by their kind support. As team leader you naturally find yourself in positions where people’s welfare is in your and the team’s hands, and the way my colleagues respond makes the job so much more effective. The multiple agencies involved in any call out situation assess what needs to be done and we ultimately respond by doing what is needed to effect a successful rescue.
“Being team leader has been a privilege and as I now join the ranks once more, I do so knowing that Ken is going to continue to drive forward the team as we continuously strive to hone and expand our capabilities to serve those in need of our help. I wish Ken all the very best over the next three years and do so knowing the team is in excellent hands and the team will continue to be there for the community in times of need.”
In taking up his new role, Ken Mackenzie said: “It’s an honour to take on the leadership role for such a dedicated group of volunteers. I’m sure the next three years will provide a few challenges but I’m looking forward to these opportunities.”