I'd just like to say thank you for a very interesting and informative article on the 'real' mountain rescue service. It was great to hear it from someone who does the job with no media 'hype' or sensationalism.
I was surprised to read that you should ask for the police first in the event of an accident in the hills. I'd always been led to believe that you dialled the emergency services and then asked for mountain rescue. Something to remember along with the accident statistics provided by the interviewee. It just makes it all the more annoying that one slip in the hills leads to cries of irresponsibility, legislative regulation and insurance when a domestic accident, which is far more likely, is considered to be part of life's rich tapestry.