Cornwall LivingIssue #94
Search and rescue
Giving back to the community by helping those most in need.
Cornwall is famed for its community spirit and its people’s willingness to help each other, but did you know that there is a service, fully manned by volunteers and available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, designed to help those in need of assistance outdoors?
“this extraordinary group of people who give up their work time, their family time and their free time in order to help those in need”
The Bodmin based East Cornwall Search & Rescue Team is a registered charity that supports the statutory emergency services in searches for vulnerable people, and provides a rescue service in some of the more difficult-to-reach areas of the county.
The team’s main area of operation is to assist the Police in searching for high-risk missing people, usually identified in terms of their vulnerability. This varies, from elderly individuals with dementia, to despondent teenagers. The team supports the Police by providing highly trained search managers, dog handlers and team members who form search groups, going out in all weathers and conditions.
Trained to national Mountain Rescue standards, the team includes water rescue technicians and rope access operators, as well as experienced hill personnel who are able to find and rescue those lost or injured in areas such as Bodmin Moor.
The team of volunteers come from all walks of life, with ages ranging from 23 to 75. Team Leader, Steve Marshall tells us: “The heart of what we do lies within this extraordinary group of people who give up their work time, their family time and their free time in order to help those in need, for no other reason than to help others and give back to the community we live and work in.”
East Cornwall Search & Rescue Team is a registered charity that relies on fundraising in order to be able to continue its valuable operations. To find out more, be sure to visit the website and social media pages.
East Cornwall Search & Rescue Team
eastcornwallsearchandrescueteam on Facebook.
east_cornwall_srt on Instagram
"this extraordinary group of people who give up their work time, their family time and their free time in order to help those in need"