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ERTSAR Awarded £17,713.60 DEFRA Government Grant

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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 £18,000.

ERT Search and Rescue are very pleased to announce that it has just been awarded a DEFRA Government Grant for £17,713.60 for their work in water rescues and flooding disasters in the local community and nationally as a DEFRA asset in the UK. This is the first time the group of highly trained rescuers, all unpaid volunteers, has received such funding.

Almost £1 million was awarded by Maritime Minister Robert Goodwill a few days ago to 51 UK charities to support water rescue services in local communities.The government scheme gives voluntary groups crucial funding for new equipment and training to support their rescue efforts on and around inland and inshore waterways. ERT SAR was selected to receive almost £18,000 of those funds to build their capacity and replace and buy new life saving equipment.

SAR Chief Gary Foo said “We are absolutely delighted and grateful for this money, which is so needed. It will go to enhancing the capacity of the ERT Search and Rescue Marine Unit and our DEFRA recognised Water Response capacity. The overall monies donated by the government will go toward the purchase of water rescue equipment and safety gear for our several teams, as well as going towards training and other costs to support lifesaving efforts.” 

Gary wants to especially thank ERT SAR Commander and Head of Special Projects; Amanda Regan who led the project proposal process and spent many hours working on the bid with UK Commander Jamie Read who is the UK’s Operations / Tactical Head. 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.

An exciting new year for UK’s ERTSAR team!

GaryAndJamieAtUNOnce again, our first event of the year was the very busy Buckinghamshire Athletic Association Cross Country Championships and Schools Championship runs in Hughenden Park, High Wycombe.

Our UK Commander Jamie Read and SAR Chief Gary Foo attended the the 2016 Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships week and INSARAG Steering Group meeting, hosted at the UN in Geneva.

Gary also paid a visit to the UK team HQ for the 2015 Service Awards. Jamie Read, Amanda Regan, Justin Levine and Damian Cameron have been with ERTSAR for 5 years and Jonathan Cox and Mervyn Redfearn both over 10 years!

On the same weekend we held the first marine unit training session of the year.

We are also very pleased to announce that actor Jeremy Irons has become a patron of the charity!

We are now actively recruiting again, so if you or someone you know would like to get involved with a worthwhile and exciting charity, please visit the Join The Team page and read more about how you can make a difference!

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SAR Chief Gary Foo with our new patron Jeremy Irons

SAR Chief Gary Foo with our new patron Jeremy Irons

Spring and summer events 2015

It’s been another great spring and summer for the team, providing medical, water safety and event cover for a range of events in and around the Buckinghamshire area.

The year started with the Buckinghamshire Athletic Association Cross Country Championships and Schools Championship runs in Hughenden Park, High Wycombe. Followed soon after by the Vale Of Aylesbury Athletics Club’s Waddesdon Manor 5k and Coombe Hill 10k runs.

Next on the agenda were several weekends providing medical cover in Princes Risborough for the annual Street Fair and Festival in Wades Park (where we were also required to perform a hasty search and successfully located a missing child).

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Finally, the Thames Traditional Boat Festival in Henley, which we have been providing water safety cover for many years now, was bigger and better than ever before. Among the attractions was an aerial display by the Chang Gang, the Royal Jubilee barge ‘Gloriana’, Heroes of Dunkirk, the Bluebird K3 and the Illuminated Parade. We also performed rescue demonstrations using our boats and land based team.

Additionally, we had a last-minute surprise visit from SAR Chief Gary Foo and Deputy SAR Chief Virginia Foo who flew over from Canada to meet some of the new UK team members and got stuck-in with the events. It was great to have them back for the week and they left with our regards to our Canadian brothers and sisters across the pond.

During the summer we also moved the location of our kit storage to Huntercombe Prison and we are very grateful to Governor Laura Sapwell, Deputy Governor Martin Hatch and their staff for their tremendous help and support.

We are currently in the process of recruiting new members and have taken on an additional three provisional volunteers to the team, several of whom had their first taste of marine training last weekend!

 

 

 

 

ERTSAR monitoring Nepal Earthquake

At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, police say.

More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre.

Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighbouring China and India.

More than 200 climbers have been rescued around Mount Everest, which was struck by deadly avalanches in the 7.8-magnitude quake.

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ERTSAR continue to closely monitor the situation and our thoughts are with those effected by the disaster.

First Aid cover for Buckinghamshire Athletic Association

IMG_6946 (Small)The team are pleased to have once again provided first aid cover for the Bucks AA Cross Country Championship and Bucks Schools Cross Country Championship races at Hughenden Park, High Wycombe in January and February this year.

Our team of medics extracted casualties from a very cold and muddy park by 4X4. We provided medical care for a variety of injuries back at the treatment tent.

We have worked with the Bucks Athletic Association for a number of years now on various events and we are proud to be of service.

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UK and Canadian ERTSAR Team Return From Successful Deployment to Philippines

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British and Canadian citizens as specialist members of UN recognised disaster response team, ERT Search and Rescue deployed to areas of the Philippines in response to the disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda.

Our mission included:

  • Aerial reconnaissance by helicopter of remote islands with the Philippine Military.
  • Deploying to remote smaller islands hit by the typhoon only accessible by boat or helicopter.
  • Face to face medical treatments to over 500 typhoon victims.
  • Clearing debris, roads and buildings with rescue equipment such as chainsaws.
  • Fixing and restoring damaged infrastructure.
  • Performing UN assessments and coordinated missions with UN and local government.
  • Donating over $10,000 USD of medical aid including essential medicines.
  • Donating Water Purification Systems to several villages.
  • Donating two electrical generators.
  • Liaising with the local government and UN on the ground to coordinate further humanitarian aid.
  • Communicating and coordinating aid using Iridium Satellite Phones and equipment.
  • Working closely with Philippine Military and assisted by British RAF / Navy, Japan and US Military.

Led by SAR Chief Gary Foo with their team Doctor, Paramedics and Technical Rescue Team; their capability includes being able to seek out the suffering, operate remote field hospitals and disaster coordination centres, assessing damage and working closely with Military and UN assets as an official part of the coordinated response.

The team were self-sufficient and had food, water, mechanical and chemical water purification systems, rescue equipment and debris clearing facilities. Foo, also the UN coordinator for the team liaised daily with the international community via the UN on the ground, the Philippine military and local Government, providing information and resources to support the mission.

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The UN and Government of the Philippines including military assets and civilian officers were absolutely instrumental in the support, coordination and transport of the team who travelled by C130 aircraft, helicopters, boats and military trucks to get where they needed to go to deliver their services and aid.

The team is highly specialised and capable; made up entirely of unpaid volunteers who donated their time and expertise to train regularly and deploy to these harsh conditions. They include Gary FOO, Virginia FOO, Dr Rocco LOMBARDI, Darren DeVOS, Deborah BISZTRICZKY, Josh FOO, Glen VILLA, Sean O’NEILL, Justin LEVINE, Amanda REGAN, Jamie READ, David JOBSON, Damian CAMERON, Steve FOX, Nick TAYLOR and Susanna TROW. Their experience includes almost every emergency service including Police, Fire and Rescue, Paramedics / EMS, Coastguard, Military (Canadian and British, (Commandos), and many deployments overseas.

SAR Chief Gary Foo said, “There was a tremendous wake of destruction on a massive scale and so many displaced and suffering Filipino people impacted by this terrible disaster. However, from the moment we landed to the moment we left the local people were so positive, grateful and hospitable despite many losing so much and they made us feel so very welcome. We did a huge amount of good for many, many, people. The UN and the Philippine government were instrumental in the success of our mission. I was also extremely proud of my team who travelled thousands of miles from two countries to work in very hot and austere, usually less than pleasant conditions, for long hours. They did so with a smile and good spirits. They were exemplary ambassadors of benevolence to all in some harsh conditions.”

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ERTSAR UK and Canada Deploying to Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

ERT Search and Rescue is taking 16 members* of its specialist international disaster response team to the Philippines to respond to areas still remote and unreached following the devastating Typhoon Haiyan. The blended team from its UK HQ and Canadian HQ include a strong medical and rescue contingent who are used to operating in austere and remote areas following disasters.

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Led by SAR Chief Gary Foo with their team Doctor, Paramedics and Technical Rescue Team; their capability includes being able to seek out the suffering, operate remote field hospitals and disaster coordination centres, assessing damage and working closely with Military and UN assets as an official part of the coordinated response.  The team are self-sufficient and have food, water, mechanical and chemical water purification systems, rescue equipment and debris clearing facilities.  Foo, also the UN coordinator for the team will liaise daily with the international community via the UN on the ground, providing information and resources to support the mission.

Their pre-orders involve initial deployment to areas of the Visayas that have not been accessible due to the unforgiving terrain and find the needy who have not yet been able to get out and have been injured or impacted by the storm.

They are still in urgent and desperate need of donationsHelp us to help others by donating here. 

* The team is highly specialised and capable; made up entirely of unpaid volunteers who donate their time and expertise to train regularly and deploy to these harsh conditions.  They include Gary FOO, Virginia FOO, Dr Rocco LOMBARDI, Darren DeVos, Deborah BISZTRICZKY, Josh FOO, Glen VILLA, Sean O’NEILL, Justin LEVINE, Amanda REGAN, Jamie READ, David JOBSON, Damian CAMERON, Steve FOX, Nick TAYLOR and Susanna TROW. Their experience includes almost every emergency service including Police, Fire and Rescue, Paramedics / EMS, Coastguard, Military (Canadian and British, (Commandos), and many deployments overseas.

For more information contact Gary Foo at g.foo@ert-sar.com

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ERT Search and Rescue on Standby for Deployment to Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

ERTSAR is an International Disaster Response & United Nations Recognised INSARAG Search and Rescue Team. We are all volunteers and the charity runs solely on donations.

CURRENT STATUS: EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM SEARCH AND RESCUE IS ON STAND BY FOR DEPLOYMENT 

 

The Philippines have suffered a terrible and devastating Tropical Cyclone.

Our thoughts and prayers go with the affected people at this time.

Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made its first landfall in the early morning of 8 November in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province with maximum sustained winds of 235 km/h and wind gusts at 275 km/h.

So far, Typhoon Haiyan has left 4,460 dead, 921,200 people displaced and 243,600 houses destroyed with the number of affected people currently at 11.8 million.

ERT SAR is a UN INSARAG recognised International Disaster Response Team.

  • All our members are unpaid volunteers and highly trained specialists. 
  • All our aid and efforts are focused to alleviating the pain and suffering of people.
 
We are planning to deploy to the worst affected areas with our Medics and Rescuers and humanitarian aid but we need your help. Please help us by donating using the link below. In the unlikely event that we raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, or due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to deploy or are stood down, any donated monies will be used to help us prepare for and respond to other disasters anywhere in the world.


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UK Team’s Busy Summer Event Cover 2013

IMG_4990_800x598The team has had a busy summer this year with a variety of events.

After May’s Annual General Meeting, the event season kicked off with the Henley Craft and Design Experience, which saw ERTSAR team members providing first-aid cover for the three day outdoor fair.

July saw the team up in Princes Risborough, where we have covered events for many years and always enjoy. Starting with the annual Street Fair, then the Vale of Aylesbury Athletic Club‘s (VOAAC) Princes Risborough 10K Run, which was a busy event this year due to temperature being over 30 degrees Celsius for the race! Next was the two-day music festival, Rizfest 2013, which is always one of our favourite events.

The next event was another 5k race organised by the VOAAC, this time in the beautiful grounds of Waddesdon Manor. On all the races we cover, we always utilise our Mountain Bike SAR team to follow the runners and enable our medics to quickly and easily get to any injured or ill people. It nables us monitor a race quite easily and keep an eye out for anyone who may be struggling. The MBSAR team will then be able to either treat the person in situ or radio our support vehicle for an extraction.

We are also very grateful to Farnborough Fire Station for allowing us to have an information stand at their open day on the 6th July, and to members Jamie Read and Steven Fox for taking the time to promote the charity for us and talk to members of the public.

This weekend (20th/21st July) is the annual Thames Traditional Boat Rally in Henley-on-Thames, where we shall be providing water and shore based safety cover. This is one of the largest events we cover and have been doing so for a number of years now.

Thanks to all those members who have helped us cover events this year so far and to our supporters and friends in Princes Risborough, Craft and Design Experience and the VOAAC.

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ERTSAR Members Complete PLAN-M Survival Weekend Training

Members of ERT Search and Rescue train in various disciplines and for all eventualities. Part of this training incorporates survival skills in austere environments, using the PLAN-M survival philosophy.

  • Protection from the elements (creating fire, shelters)
  • Location (Where to situate yourself for rescue, safety, etc)
  • Acquisition (Of water, food, supplies and resources)
  • Navigation (Using compass, maps, natural aids)
  • Medical Needs (Looking after your health in an austere environment)

Over the weekend members practised fire lighting skills using traditional methods such as feather sticks and flints, building shelters using natural and scavenged materials and filtering water using natural and improvised tools.

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