About the Motorsport Rescue Units
We operate three Motorsport Rescue Units (callsigns Saltire Rescue 1, 2 & 3) which are based near Edinburgh. These provide emergency medical and extrication cover at Motorsport UK permitted motorsport events.
In a typical year we provide rescue cover at more than 80 events.
All of our Units have been converted to safely carry both the medical and extrication equipment mandated by the Motorsport UK Competitors and Officials Yearbook (the ‘Blue Book’) and can transport any casualties to a prearranged ambulance rendezvous point or directly to hospital. The Rescue Units are registered with the DVLA as ambulances and are fitted with blue lights and sirens for use when appropriate.
Motorsport Rescue Units are licensed by Motorsport UK and are subject to spot checks by their officials at an event to ensure that the Unit’s crew have the appropriate licence and the mandated equipment is operable and all medical supplies are in date.
SMMC Rescue Units attend many forms of four-wheeled motorsport events, generally in Scotland and the north of England – but we have travelled as far as the Channel Islands, Brands Hatch, Silverstone, and to Ireland for the Circuit of Ireland Rally, and Wales for the British round of the World Rally Championship.
The crew of the SMMC Rescue Units are unpaid volunteers like all marshals. All hold a Motorsport UK rescue licence, meaning they will have undertaken training in both medical and extrication disciplines and passed a practical assessment, monitored by an Motorsport UK rescue instructor or assessor. Fully licensed rescue crew members are re-assessed every three years in order to maintain their rescue licence. The SMMC places great importance on training and medical, equipment and extrication training sessions are held regularly.
How to get involved
We are always seeking new volunteers to crew our Rescue Units. Generally our volunteers are already involved in motorsport marshalling and are looking for a different challenge. We will be pleased to chat should you wish to learn more about what we do.
In addition, the Motorsport UK website has some useful information about obtaining a Trainee licence: www.motorsportuk.org/Get-Started/Volunteering/Rescue-Recovery
If you already have special skills – technical, mechanical, rescue, vehicle recovery, medical, first aid or administration – you may wish to use them as a volunteer with us.