The Bay Search and Rescue Team have been awarded cash out of a government fund to equip thir volunteers with recognised off-road driving skills.
The money, £5,100, awarded by the UK Search & Rescue Volunteer Training Fund and administered by the Charities Aid Foundation, is part of a four million pound investment by the government to subsidise training for rescue volunteers in recognition of the contribution they make to the community.
BaySAR Training Officer Mike Davis said: “As an all-terrain search and rescue team we specialise in using our fleet of vehicles to search for missing people on behalf of the police, access casualties for the ambulance service and response to people in distress on the coast when called by the Coastguard.
“Being able to respond quickly and safely is crucial to our role and this money from the UK SAR Volunteer Training Fund will help our volunteers to access quality off-road 4x4 driver training resulting in nationally-accredited qualifications, which is important when we’re operating alongside the emergency services.”
Bay Search & Rescue operates two 4x4 vehicles vehicles - a Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover 130 - alongside its distinct orange tracked Hagglund vehicles.