About the Motorsport Rescue Team
We operate three Motorsport Rescue Units (callsigns Saltire Rescue 1, 2 & 3) and a Medical Response Unit/Stage Safety Unit (Saltire 99), which are all based near Edinburgh.
Our Motorsport Rescue Team provides immediate medical and extrication facilities at the scene of an incident. In a typical year we provide rescue cover at more than 80 events.
All of our vehicles are licensed by Motorsport UK and are subject to spot checks by their officials at an event to ensure that the crew have the appropriate licence and the mandated equipment is operable and all medical supplies are in date.
Our 4x4 Medical Response Unit is fully equipped to an advanced life support level (if crewed by a paramedic or doctor). It can also operate as a Rally Stage Safety Unit, providing mid-stage cover.
We also have two HCPC registered paramedics on the team, and they are able to support an event with us or independently – payment for medical services will be agreed between them and the event organisers.
The SMMC Rescue Team members 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 team members are re-assessed every three years in order to maintain their rescue licence. SMMC places great importance on training; medical, equipment and extrication training sessions are held regularly.
As there is potential for Rescue Teams to be working at incidents involving people under the age of 18, people with a disability or other condition that puts them in a vulnerable group, the Club requires all rescue licence holders (Full and Trainee) to undergo disclosure/criminal record checks via the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVG Scheme) provided by Disclosure Scotland.
We 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.
How to get involved
We are always seeking new volunteers to join our Rescue Team. 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 Team Co-ordinator: Alastair Gray