Serve On volunteers have been successfully testing the water with some new collaborations and a new recruit.
Members of our International Response Team (IRT), our Community Resilience Team (CRT) and our Dog Team (K9SAR) joined fellow members of the new UK International Voluntary Rescue Alliance to spread the word about our work and to showcase the combined expertise of UKIVRA at the Aid & Trade International Disaster Management Exhibition in London.
Salisbury Community Resilience Team joined forces with friends from Support 2 Ops and South Wilts Raynet to combine their weekly training with another task for the benefit of the community, clearing rubbish from Salisbury’s rivers.
The community tasks are proving to be a useful exercise in partnership with Salisbury City Council and the Environment Agency.
And there was a rude welcome for our latest recruit, ‘Cassandra Lee-Trainer’ - a new rescue manikin gifted to us by Ruth Lee Ltd - who was immediately thrown in at the deep end!
In London, Serve On shared a stand with fellow rescue teams, SARAID, SPEAR and BIRD at the International Disaster Management Exhibition at the ExCel centre, where former Prime Minister Tony Blair was a key speaker, along with his wife Cherie Blair who collected a humanitarian award.
The show was a chance for the teams to help launch the new UKIVRA alliance, which also includes DART International UK and which will soon include other UK rescue teams.
There were starring roles, too, for search dogs Molly, from Serve On, and Cai, from the British International Rescue and Search Dogs (BIRD).
Back in Salisbury, the CRT volunteers were in action near the Old Mill at Harnham, clearing rubbish from the River Avon near to where it meets the River Nadder at Harnham Water Meadows.
Support 2 Ops provided the lighting for the exercise, and South Wilts Raynet manned the radio communications, as Serve On members practised their water rescue techniques and ‘saved’ large items of rubbish from the river.
it was an ideal opportunity for ‘Cassie L-T’ to make her debut, as the Ruth Lee Ltd manikin was launched into the river to test out the team’s downstream protection.
Thankfully, the safety cover was sound and ‘Cassie’ was duly rescued but we can’t help but suspect it won’t be the last time ‘she’ gets into difficulty.
You can read more about what Serve On volunteers have been up to in our April Newsletter.
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