Medical & Emergency Response Team

Medical & Emergency Response Team



24 Mar 2024

Calling Potential Volunteers!!!

Our team are currently looking for new volunteers to increase our capacity across Northern Scotland.

If you are looking to develop new skills, meet like minded people and help others whilst enjoying local events and being part of a great team then we could be what you are looking for!

We provide event medical services and incident support with a team of highly trained (and externally certified) responders who deliver a high level of service whatever we are involved in.

Currently we are looking to increase our capacity in:

Comms support - Volunteers capable of providing communications support to the team and other agencies through utilisation of our radio and communications systems. Full training will be provided which will include deployment, radio communications and digital systems use.

Event Team volunteers - Much of what we do is through delivery of first aid or first responder services at event. We provide certified training for volunteers and development training to ensure your skills are up to date and you not just qualified but competent to be there to help others when they need it most. 

Volunteering can be fun, sociable and rewarding. All equipment is provided and expenses are paid to ensure there is no financial barrier from volunteering.

Please get in touch to let us know if you fancy joining the team.

27 Feb 2024

Thanks to local and postcode lottery!

As part of our teams drive to help others, we provided First Responders for Operation Respect during December and the festive period. This multi-agency initiative is setup to make Inverness a safe place to live, work and visit.

Thanks to and peoples postcode lottery who provided us with funds for an additional response kit and additional jackets for volunteers operating on the streets during the wet and cold nights making sure we were there to look after others when most needed.

26 Sep 2023

Thanks to a donation from Omniscot, an Inverness and Dingwall based IT company, we have been able to provide another volunteer with one of our Response Kits.

These kits are used by our teams to provide aid to others predominantly at events held within the highlands.  When not at events, kits are kept by our volunteers so they can provide assistance to others they come across who may be injured or unwell.

It’s great to be able to provide another of these lifesaving kits to our volunteers who give up huge amounts of time to maintain skills, through certified courses and exercises, delivering services at events, and helping others during other times.

Donations are an important way for the team to gather income and develop capability. Previous donations have been used to help purchase everything from kits to workwear (St John Scotland), a team vehicle and radio systems (SSEN).

If you wish to donate and help us develop our team and help others please click on the link on our homepage.

25 Sep 2023

Something new for the team this year was providing event cover to the World Stone Skimming Championships.

A 2 man team attended the event taking all required first response equipment over on the islands passenger ferry.  And braving the elements whilst enjoying this small but well attended event with people attending from a far away as Australia.

No podium finishes for our representative but a fun event in a rather different environment!

1 Jun 2023

Medical & Emergency Response Team AGM

AGM followed by team meeting now planned for 6th July, 19:00, At the Chieftain Hotel, Inverness.

26 Feb 2023

First official deployment for new vehicle 

Storm Otto provided the first official tasking of the teams newest asset.

The team were requested to support SSEN by providing welfare checks to almost 100 households within Aberdeenshire.

The households were all registered on the Priority Services Register which is utilised during times of extended power outages.

The vehicle was part funded through the SSEN Communities Resilience Fund and it was great that the team get out to provide the support when it was needed.

If you want to find out more about what we do have a look at our website and get in touch if you are thinking about joining our team.

17 Jan 2023

2023 Starts of with the power of Peat & Diesel

Our volunteers have started the year covering gigs in Inverurie and Banchory for Western Isles band Peat & Diesel!

Although based in the Highlands, our team provides cover across Northern Scotland delivering the highest quality care whenever it’s needed by those attending our clients events. 

These skills are also put to use when in our communities with over a third of volunteers available to respond to local and national incidents.

If you fancy joining our team have a look at the website and get in touch.

9 Aug 2022

All in a days work

Our team consists of volunteers who provide various different roles. Dave is one of our team of trainers who today was due to deliver an Emergency Oxygen course for one of our clients in Kyle of Lochalsh.  

Unusually Dave had to delay the course start due to being activated by the ambulance service as a first responder to an emergency call in his local community.

Over half of our regular volunteers are kitted with defibrillators and emergency equipment so they can be deployed in an emergency within their community or across the highlands.

To find out more about our team look through our website..

23 Jul 2022


Well done to 2 of our team members, Dave and Ray, who have passed their First Response Emergency Care Level 4 award.

MERT Highland is dependent on its volunteers to enable us to provide the best possible event first aid cover throughout the highlands. We repay our team by providing certified courses and the opportunity to enhance and develop their skills by providing or sending members on additional training in line with their roles.

If you think you have what it takes to help others when they need it most, and can commit to making sure your skills are the best they can be, then look in to becoming a team member!!!

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.
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