Water, water, everywhere!

Water, water, everywhere…and not the stuff you drink!

Volunteers from Serve On’s Salisbury Community Resilience Team have been once again combining water rescue training with community tasks, in collaboration with Salisbury City Council and the Environment Agency, to remove rubbish from the city’s rivers.

Volunteers from Serve On’s Salisbury Community Resilience Team have been once again combining water rescue training with community tasks, in collaboration with Salisbury City Council and the Environment Agency, to remove rubbish from the city’s rivers.

It’s been another busy fortnight for Serve On volunteers and much of it has involved getting wet.

Our Community Resilience Team in Salisbury has continued to combine water rescue training with cleaning up the rivers in our beautiful city.

Working with Salisbury City Council and the Environment Agency, they have painstakingly worked at night to remove shopping trolleys and other debris from the River Avon/River Bourne near B&Q on Southampton Road without damaging the river bed.

Using reach-poles and rope systems instead of wading through the water was great practice for their technical rescues, and a handy community benefit at the same time.

Community Resilience Team volunteers have also joined our International Response Team recruits who were carrying out their own training on their way to qualifying as Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians (SRT).

Serve On International Response Team recruits and instructors have been stepping up training to boost the number of Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians we have available to deploy.

Serve On International Response Team recruits and instructors have been stepping up training to boost the number of Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians we have available to deploy.

The team was down near Poole for their most recent session and will be up in North Wales this weekend, utilising the best conditions for swift water rescue practice. (More photos from Poole below)

The training will serve to boost the number of qualified SRT volunteers we have available to respond to flood situations and Serve On’s readiness, as a national asset, was demonstrated this week when our volunteers acted as a demonstration team for the Flood Rescue Tactical Advisors CPD event near Sheffield.

Serve On Volunteers practiced their role as a national flood asset at the CPD event for @DefraWater Flood Rescue Tactical Advisors near Sheffield.

Serve On Volunteers practiced their role as a national flood asset at the CPD event for @DefraWater Flood Rescue Tactical Advisors near Sheffield.

The team had an early start to head north in the role of a flood rescue team responding to a ‘major flooding incident’ in order to give the Tactical Advisors experience of accrediting them and checking them in as they would do in a real-life flood situation.

It’s not just in the water that Serve On volunteers have been making a splash.

Our team has recently been forging closer links with fellow search and rescue charities and volunteer responder teams, SARAID and SPEAR and others.

The extent to which our different teams complement each other and the benefits of collaboration were usefully reinforced and we look forward to more cooperation in order to be able to offer the best possible help in a crisis, whether at home or abroad.

Huge thanks, as always, to instructors including Tom, Nick, Mark, Rab and Craig, and thanks to Matt for the photos.