And..They're Off.

Portsmouth Community Resilience Team leader Paul and instructor Kev explain to would-be recruits how they will be able to help their community, in support of the emergency services, as part of the Serve On family.

Portsmouth Community Resilience Team leader Paul and instructor Kev explain to would-be recruits how they will be able to help their community, in support of the emergency services, as part of the Serve On family.

Serve On’s latest Community Resilience Team, for Portsmouth and the surrounding area, is up and running.

A sizeable group of would-be volunteers attended the official launch of the new CRT at Southsea Fire Station to hear from team leader Paul Nelhams about Serve On, the CRT programme and what role the volunteers could expect to play in helping their community in future.

Serve On chief executive Pete Old hands team leader Paul a certificate marking the inauguration of the Portsmouth Community Resilience Team.

Serve On chief executive Pete Old hands team leader Paul a certificate marking the inauguration of the Portsmouth Community Resilience Team.

There was also plenty of support from the wider Serve On family, with trustees and International Response Team members in attendance to answer questions.

They were joined by Salisbury CRT members, some of them straight from delivering a water safety course for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire And Rescue Service’s SPARC development programme (see below).

Southsea Station Commander Steve Buchanan-Lee offers his congratulations to team leader Paul on the official launch of the new Portsmouth Community Resilience Team, serving Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

Southsea Station Commander Steve Buchanan-Lee offers his congratulations to team leader Paul on the official launch of the new Portsmouth Community Resilience Team, serving Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

Chief Executive Pete Old handed Paul a certificate to recognise the official inauguration of the new CRT and Station Commander Steve Buchanan-Lee was on hand to offer his own congratulations on behalf of our hosts Southsea Fire Station and Hampshire Fire And Rescue Service.

Serve On chief executive Pete also gave the potential volunteers an insight into what they and the CRT could achieve, and the would-be recruits all sounded excited rather than daunted.

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The Portsmouth CRT already has space for its boats, rescue gear and personal protection equipment at the fire station, thanks to our hosts, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, and will be ready to start training new recruits from next Wednesday.

They will then be getting quickly up to speed ready to support the emergency services in the event of severe weather or other crises, supporting community events, or delivering water safety courses to young people.

Salisbury Community Resilience Team members had earlier been delivering a water safety course at Weymouth to young people on the DWFRS’s SPARC development programme.