Flat Out

Serve On volunteers have been working flat out to help others and to spread the word over the last few weeks, and it’s been hot stuff.

Hayling Island Sailing Club action. Photograph by Peter Hickson.

Hayling Island Sailing Club action. Photograph by Peter Hickson.

The recent sunny weather was wonderful…unless you were dressed in rubber, like our water safety marshals at the Round Hayling Windsurf Race, or dressed in fur, like our search dogs at a series of events.

Our Community Resilience Team volunteers from Salisbury and Portsmouth took to the boats once more to provide safety cover for the annual Round Hayling Island event run by Hayling Island Sailing Club and it was another successful weekend.

At the same time, the Dog Search Team was flying the Serve On flag at Gloucestershire Police Open Day, showing off the capabilities of our K9 members and of the Voluntary Agency Coordination Cell (VACC).

With more than 11,800 visitors to the Open Day it was a great effort by the dog team, expertly supported by Kim.

Within days, our volunteers were back in action.

As members of all four teams - International Response Team, Community Resilience Teams, Dog Search Team and Rescue Rookies - laid on a disaster experience event for managers from Laing O’Rourke, other Serve On volunteers were representing our charity along with our partners from UKIVRA at the Emergency Services Show in Birmingham NEC.

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Ben, James and Stephen, with Molly and Dexter were a hot ticket, as the thermal imaging camera view of Molly showed.