Ochils Mountain Rescue Team got some life-saving use out of their sturdy new Land Rover - even before it was officially handed over.
The team’s expertise and professionalism has been called on in many search and rescue situations over the years.
And they could not have been happier than when they got the keys to the fully-equipped new vehicle during the recent festive period.
Paid for by donations from St John Scotland and EDF Energy Renewables, and the team’s own fundraising, the Land Rover had already seen action before it was officially handed over to the team by St John Scotland chancellor Douglas Dow last Saturday.
Mr Dow said: “We are delighted once again to support Ochils Mountain Rescue Team as part of our rolling programme of supplying and replacing vehicles for all of Scotland’s voluntary mountain rescue movement.
“It is really gratifying to learn that the new vehicle has been in action, even before the official handover.”
EDF Energy Renewables, which also helps with running costs of the team, was happy to help, donating £10,000.
Graham West, of EDF, said: “We hope this new vehicle and our ongoing contributions will help the team continue to perform its vital role.”