ERTSAR awarded £11,798.36 by DfT’s Inland Rescue Boat Grant Scheme 2016/17 | Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue (ERTSAR) UK

ERTSAR awarded £11,798.36 by DfT’s Inland Rescue Boat Grant Scheme 2016/17

ERT Search and Rescue, a DEFRA recognised Water Rescue Asset and a United Nations recognised Search and Rescue team has been awarded a grant of almost £12,000 by the Department for Transport.

On the 24th January 2017, water rescue charities around the UK were awarded over £900,000 by Maritime Minister John Hayes. The grant supports charities running lifeboat and rescue services, helping those in danger on and around inland and inshore waterways including during flooding and other water related incidents.

As part of this grant scheme for 2017, we are very pleased to announce that ERT Search and Rescue has been awarded a total of £11,798.36 to purchase new water rescue and safety equipment. This money will enable us to continue providing our rescue services nationally, enhancing our ever growing swift water and boat team’s capabilities and replacing and buying new life saving equipment.

Above, ERTSAR team members on a Swift Water Rescue Technician course in the Lake District, summer 2016.

SAR Chief, Gary Foo said, “We are very grateful for this grant scheme and the monies we have received. Our capacity as a flood and water rescue team providing 24/7 services year round and being available in our local communities in the UK depends on funding like this. Our operational needs have been greatly supported by this generous grant from the Government.” 

Gary would also like to thank ERTSAR member James Browning who led the project proposal process and spent many hours working on the bid. Also a huge thank you to all our volunteers for all the selfless dedication and hard work they put in for the benefit of others.

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