Describe your project
The project is based on our requirements to replace faulty or inefficient items and introduce some new items that will help us with our searches for vulnerable missing people. It is constructed around the ways that we are aided by equipment to enable us to search effectively in low light situations while keeping our volunteers safe. It consists of torches and helmet lights for our water rescue teams, hi vis items of clothing for our search teams and a camera and monitor to assist with river bank searches and to see over walls and hedges during an urban search. We also require signal flare packs for use with coastguard helicopter training and operations. All equipment requested in this project will assist us a great deal during our searches for vulnerable people and help us to save lives.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Our project will benefit our local community by helping us to be more efficient in our searches while making sure that all our volunteers are protected and kept safe as far as is possible. In Wiltshire approximately 10 people go missing each day. We as a team are called out by Wiltshire Police to around 2% of missing person reports when they are considered to be at extremely high risk. When you add family and friends to that number, our efforts are impacting a large number of people in communities spread out across the whole county of Wiltshire and neighbouring counties when requested.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
We are very fortunate to have a great deal of support from the local community. This manifests itself from the very positive feedback we get when out collecting at supermarkets, donations from local charitable groups and the monies collected via our charity collection pots in local businesses. During searches we have been humbled by the generosity of family members of the missing persons who in the past have bought food, drinks and sweets to the control vehicle throughout the night at a very difficult time for them.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
As explained above, we are called out to just 2% of the total of missing person reports. This represents around 73 people (we were called out 74 times last year) and when you add direct family and friends who are impacted when someone goes missing this adds up to about 1000. We ourselves have around 60 active team volunteers with a further 20 trainees. We also offer volunteering opportunities to local shops and businesses.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
1. 12 Petzl head torches and helmet mounts for water search teams and 18 LEDLenser hand torches for ground search teams. 2. Cyalume Chemlight packs x 10 in red green and yellow to identify team members and pinpoint their locations. These are attached to drysuits so that their location is clear at all times. 3. 30 HiVis jackets, 60 Polo Shirts and associated badging. These are to latest specification to ensure that the search teams are clearly visible when having to cross roads during rural search operations. 4. 4 sets of Cree front and rear lamps for our bike search team. 5. Go Pro Camera and Tablet/Monitor for river bank search and 'over wall' search assistance. Includes battery upgrade, case and spare battery pack. 6. Peli HiPower LED Torches x 2 7. Flare packs for Helicopter Signalling and Safety Glasses x 20 8 Rucksack Covers with LED lights
When and why was your project founded?
Wiltshire Search and Rescue was founded in 2000 and during that time has received the Queens Award for Volunteering in 2011 and Wiltshire Police’s Chief Constable’s Certificate of Appreciation in 2013. We are a non-profit making organisation and rely on our own fundraising.
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