About the Motorsport Rescue Team


We operate three Motorsport Rescue Units (callsigns Saltire Rescue 1, 2 & 3) and a Fast Response Medical Intervention Car/Stage Safety Unit (Saltire 99), which are all 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 vehicles 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 crews 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 a 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. We will be pleased to chat and tell you more about what we do.

The Motorsport UK regulations stipulate a minimum age of 18 for crew members.

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. You'll make many friends and enjoy a great sense of achievement.

Find out more about how to get involved.

In addition, the Motorsport UK website has some useful information about obtaining a Trainee licence: https://www.motorsportuk.org/volunteers/officials/rescue-recovery-crews/

Get in touch

  • Rescue Units Co-ordinator: Alastair Gray

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