Medical & Emergency Response Team

Medical & Emergency Response Team



25 Jun 2022


Our volunteers were out at the European Pipe Band Championships this weekend and were visited by Brian Robertson.  Brian dropped by to thank the team for their quick response after he became severely unwell at the 2019 championships.  

Pictured with Brian is Ray, one of our Responders with enhanced skills who responded as part of the team prior to Brian being transferred to hospital.

The team always welcomes thanks and feedback but personal visits are really appreciated letting volunteers know that the work they put in and hours they give do matter and do make a difference.

18 Apr 2022

British Red Cross (DEC) fundraiser for Ukraine

MERT in attendance at the British Red Cross (DEC) fundraising event last weekend at Foulis Castle.

The team, all of whom previously volunteered for the Red Cross, attended for the day to provide first aid cover which was done free of charge to ensure funds raised were going to where they are really needed.

Thanks and well done to all involved, British Red Cross, and MERT.

1 Feb 2022

Storms Malik and Corrie

Volunteers have been deployed to assist Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks following Storms Malik and Corrie.

The teams have worked across Aberdeenshire and Highland carrying out welfare checks and supporting those on the priority services register

12 Dec 2021

Christmas time cover

Busy weekend for some of our volunteers this weekend covering Skipinnish and Deacon Blue concerts. We also provided support to Operation Respect and attended youth American Football this afternoon.

Thanks to all those in the various teams, busy and occasionally challenging!!! Great work 👍
4 Dec 2021

Operation Respect

Our volunteers were deployed in the city centre last night as part of Operation Respect. 

This multi-agency initiative saw us working with Police Scotland, Inverness BID, HTSI and the Inverness Street Pastors, all looking to maintain the safety of those out enjoying the festivities and providing help and support where required.

Well done to all the team who proved very early on the value of their knowledge, experience and ability to form an effective team with other agencies and their staff.
29 Nov 2021

Storm Arwen

Volunteers have been deployed in support of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks who have been working hard after large areas lost electrical supplies during the storm.

Volunteers have carried out welfare checks on people on the Priority Services Register and delivered food, hot water and winter kits. 

16 Nov 2021

Over the last few weeks we have been delivering training to companies in Skye and Lochalsh.

Delivery of these certificated courses allows organisations to meet their statutory requirements in regard to workplace first aid and provides our team with income to support team development, equipment provision, training and to meet the ongoing costs of running the team.

Thanks to the organisations involved for choosing us as your provider and to our training team who’s hard work is appreciated by the wider team.

2 Nov 2021

Volunteer CPR Responders

As part of our aim to support incidents in local communities we have positioned our team defibrillators with trained volunteers registered on the Goodsam app.  

The system aids immediate dispatch of trained individuals to nearby cardiac arrests. As GPS tracked assets this means when required we can assist the ambulance service providing a first response and early defibrillation critical in the chain of survival.
4 Oct 2021

Loch Ness Marathon

This weekend saw a deployment of volunteers in support of the Loch Ness marathon & Festival of Running.  The team, our largest ever deployed, included control room operators, first aiders, cycle responders and clinical and admin support. The team worked at points along the route and at our Event treatment centre pictured above!

12 Sep 2021
Communications is something we as organisation take very seriously, from pre-event planning discussions to our event radio network. 

This weekend saw our team utilise one of our deployable VHF repeaters across the course at the Isle of Skye Half Marathon ensuring quick response to casualties and passing of safety related information between multiple locations and organisations.

Use of radio equipment is done as standard to ensure volunteers are familiar with equipment but most importantly to improve the safety and response at events and incidents we attend.
6 Sep 2021

The Gathering

Volunteers provided event cover at The Gathering in inverness on Saturday. One of the largest music events in the country since the relaxation of CoVID restrictions. 

The team dealt with a variety of incidents ensuring minimal impact on local health services and providing an efficient and effective service to event organisers and the public.
13 Jul 2021

Training spaces currently available

We currently have several spaces available for the First aid at Work (& Cat. Haemorrhage) available to members of the public. This training is being held in Inverness with face to face training on the 24th & 25th July.

Please contact us here for more information.

21 Jun 2021

Volunteering opportunity - Experienced First Aiders 

With public events beginning to resume, Medical & Emergency Response Team are looking to increase its volunteer numbers. 

We are a charity who provide medical and emergency support at some of Highland’s most well known events. 

Volunteers are provided with training which is externally certificated and you will be supported within a diverse and experienced team.

We are currently looking for experienced First Aiders keen to join a respected team providing a high standard of care at local events.

If you are interested please reply through Facebook or use the contact us page on our website and a member of the team will be in touch.

More team information can be found on:
Facebook: @mert.highland
13 May 2021

We’re now registered.

Our latest news!! Medical & Emergency Response Team (MERT Highland) is now a charity registered with OSCR (the Scottish Charities Regulator).

Our team continues to be volunteer led, providing high quality services within our communities across northern Scotland.

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