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A new incident vehicle, financed by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) Resilient Communities Fund, is now helping a local organisation to carry out vital search and rescue operations across the Isle of Wight.
Isle of Wight Search and Rescue (WightSAR) applied for £20,000 of funding to enable them to buy the 4 x 4 and enhance their team’s rapid response to calls for assistance. While the vehicle has a primary purpose of transportation of the search team members and their equipment to remote areas, it will also be used for casualty extraction, when necessary. In times of adverse weather conditions, WightSAR has previously faced difficulties in not having a suitable vehicle to be deployed. As this is the time when the volunteers are most likely to be called to action, the new 4 x4 will ensure the team has a round-the-clock capability, whatever the weather.
In addition to the teams’ day-to-day role, WightSAR is part of the Isle of Wight Emergency Resilience Forum with a memorandum of understanding, that allows the team to be deployed by the Isle of Wight Council when there is a concern for human welfare. Part of this role is to assist NHS staff and patients in adverse weather, and help conduct welfare checks on those who live in isolated rural areas.
WightSAR also covers emergency helicopter landing sites across the Island for the Ministry of Defence and the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service. This means that volunteers can be deployed at very short notice to prepare a site ready for aircraft landing and the new SSEN funded 4×4 vehicle will have the necessary equipment on board to set up a cordon in preparation for the landing site.
Ian Drummond, SSEN’s Head of Region for the South East where WightSAR is based, said: "The work of WightSAR is much appreciated and well recognised across the region, so it’s wonderful to be able to further boost the essential service its teams provide by using the SSEN Resilient Communities Fund to help them purchase this vehicle.
"The benefits this new vehicle brings to the Isle of Wight’s residents and visitors can’t be underestimated. Our goal through SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund is to help our customers build their own resilience; this is an excellent example of how the funding can be used and, for SSEN, it’s another way of showing our customers that they really are at the heart of all we do."
Since its recent purchase, WightSAR has already used the vehicle in a three-day search operation for a missing person on the island. As well as transporting the volunteer team members to various search points, the 4 x 4 was used to carry essential drone equipment for the three teams taking part in the search.
Dean Terrett, Chairman of Isle of Wight Search and Rescue said: “We are delighted to receive this generous grant from SSEN, which has allowed us to purchase a 4 x 4 vehicle that will be of great benefit to the Island’s community and will further improve the capabilities of our search team.
“The addition of this vehicle will allow us to be more efficient, enabling us to access rural locations with our search assets and ultimately this will mean saving more lives.”
Set up in 2014 as a two-year pilot scheme, SSEN has pledged to extend the fund to 2023 using a proportion of the income it receives from the industry regulator Ofgem in relation to its stakeholder engagement performance.
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WightSAR members wish to express our gratitude to Hovertravel for team transportation, Tesco Ryde and Costa for the supplies of team refreshments, The Fighting Cocks for the hot meals, HantSAR search volunteers and their Drone Team and Hampshire Search Dog Unit for your support on Sunday in the search of missing Isle of Wight woman. Sadly the outcome is not what we wanted. Our heartfelt condolences to Joyce’s family and friends.
Recent Donations 2018
We would like to thank the following People / Groups for their kind donations
£250.00 Engineering Branch of Unite the Union
£75.90 Tiddlywinks Parent & Toddler Group
£1500.00 Bowls Isle of Wight (IOW Bowling County Team)
£4670.00 Family & Friends of Mohammed Salih
£250.00 Isle of Wight Traction Engine Club.
Another huge thank you again to Tyres of Wight for fitting new tyres to our trailer
We are delighted to announce that Isle of Wight Search and Rescue have been selected by Sainsburys Newport as their charity of the year. Our charity was voted in by customers both in store and online and we would like to thank everyone who took the time to register their vote.
Isle of Wight Search and Rescue is a voluntary organisation that provides specialist search resources to assist Hampshire Constabulary and other agencies in searches for vulnerable missing persons on the Isle of Wight.
Sainsburys will be supporting us with a programme of events throughout the year to help raise awareness of our work, recruit new volunteers and support fundraising which will help to keep our services going.
Thank to to all that voted #localcharity
Thank you for the donation of £2,500.00 from Hampshire Constabulary. Came from money seized under the Proceeds of Crimes Act
4 new tyres worth £480 donated by Vredestein and fitted to the van free of charge by Chris at TyresofWight.
Biffa donate £780 to WightSAR
We would like to give a big thank you Melvyn Allen and the team at Biffa who raised for the second time £780 for Isle of Wight Search and Rescue.
The company agreed to donate £3 for every day they didn't have an accident or lose time to injury, again the team sucessfully achieved 260 days incident free and rasied an amazing £780 to help us.
We are very grateful for this donation, without the generosity of local people and Island business we would find it very difficult to purchase new equipment.