Wiltshire Search and Rescue team so grateful for new Incident Support Unit vehicle – but it needs a name!

Thanks to the generosity of SSEN (Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks) and Wiltshire Community Foundation, the volunteers from Wiltshire Search and Rescue have been able to buy and equip a new Incident Support Vehicle. The vehicle – which will act as the vital control room during searches for vulnerable and missing people – now needs a name and the team is asking the public to help.

 

SSEN awarded £10,000 from its Resilient Communities Fund towards the new vehicle and Wiltshire Community Foundation donated a further £3,000 made up of money from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire’s endowment fund and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Grant Fund.

 

Angus Macpherson, Wiltshire and Swindon’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteers are invaluable to Wiltshire Police, and to the residents of this county, so I am delighted to have supported them with this financial contribution.

 

“The Wiltshire Search and Rescue team has been called upon numerous times to bolster the efforts of our own officers when vulnerable, and missing people, need them the most. We are grateful for their dedication and expertise, especially when they are often mobilising at short notice.

 

“The members are all volunteers and I would like to thank each and every one of them for giving up their time to help others.”

 

 

Gareth Shields, Community Investment Manager for SSEN, said: “Despite receiving many very good applications, our panel recognised the vital work that Wiltshire Search and Rescue does and decided to make an award. We are pleased to be able to support the team and organisations like them through our Resilient Communities Fund.”

 

Adrian Edwards, chair of Wiltshire Search and Rescue, said this about the new purchase: “This Incident Support Unit vehicle will transform our search capability and allow us to work smarter and be more efficient. At the moment we have one van that we keep all our equipment so there is hardly room to turn around in it. Having a second vehicle van will allow us to use it as an operations centre and also for team welfare. It will make so much difference and we are very grateful to everyone who has helped us to purchase it. Thank you for your ongoing support of our team and our work.”

 

The vehicle needs a name and members of the public are invited to submit their suggestions via Facebook (@wilsarteam), Twitter (@WiltshireSAR) or email to pr@wilsar.org.uk before 30th October 2018. The winning name will be chosen by a panel made up of representatives from Wiltshire Search and Rescue, Wiltshire Police, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service, along with members of the local community, and will be displayed on the vehicle forever!

 

Wiltshire Search and Rescue team members are professionally trained volunteers. The team is called out by Wiltshire Police to search for missing and vulnerable people such as people with dementia or people in mental health crisis. In 2018 the team has been called out over 50 times, being directly responsible for saving lives. The team’s new Incident Support Unit vehicle will be located at Wiltshire Police’s HQ in Devizes, ready to be deployed, along with the volunteers 24 hours a day seven days a week. Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a charity, relying solely on fundraised income for running costs and major purchases such as this vehicle. The team receives no statutory or government income and all donations of money or equipment are gratefully received.

 

ENDS

 Please email Sarah Wolf pr@wilsar.org.uk for photographs, comment or interview opportunities.

 

Notes to editors

 

About Wiltshire Search and Rescue

Wiltshire Search and Rescue is a non-profit making organisation and all of our members are unpaid volunteers, making no charge for our services.

 

The team consists of approximately 50 members. All operational members are trained to the Lowland Rescue standards, the UK’s governing body. We have a number of Lowland Rescue trained Team Leaders, Search Planners and Search Managers. One of these members is on duty at all times and will arrange the call-out of the Team via an SMS system once Wiltshire Police has asked for our support. Searches are usually managed on the ground by our own Search Managers who act under the direction of a Police Search Advisor.

 

www.wilsar.org.uk

 

About SSEN

 

  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), operating as Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) and Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) under licence, is responsible for operating and maintaining the electricity distribution networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the central belt of Scotland, the Mull of Kintyre and the Scottish islands.
  • Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks is the trading name of Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Limited, Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission plc, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc and Southern Electric Power Distribution plc.

 

https://www.ssen.co.uk/Resiliencefund/


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