Mountain Rescue team gets new headquarters
OFFICIAL LAUNCH NEW FACILITIES FOR LIFESAVING SERVICE
MEMBERS OF the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were welcomed by a large crowd made up of dignitaries, the public and members of An Garda Síochána at the launch of their brand new home in Roundwood.
Friday’s gathering took place at the new base at the back of the garda station in Roundwood, with members of the public shown around the facility before local Parish Priest Fr. Paul Kelly said a short prayer and blessed the premises.
Also in attendance were Deputy Joe Behan, Deputy Andrew Doyle, Cllr. Tom Fortune, Cllr. Jimmy O’Shaughnessy, Cllr. Pat Casey and Cllr. John Byrne.
Team Leader Mark Flynn says the rescue team now have a fixed base to run operations from.
Previously most operations had to be run from a rescue vehicle.
‘We have never had a fixed base before so this is a massive addition for our operations. It enables us to store and dry any equipment we may need to. It also acts as an operational facility. In the past members have had to bring equipment home to store or dry. This makes things much easier. If we are called out tonight and then receive another call in the morning, everything will be ready here waiting for us.’
Their new home consists of two rooms at the back of the garda station which took between three to six months to makeover. The majority of the money spend came through the organisation’s own fundraising initiatives.
Mark is also certain that the mountain rescue team’s new premises will only result in even closer links between them and the gardaí.
‘We work at very close quarters with the Gardaí. They are our tracking agents. We get on very well together and will continue to have that great relationship.’
During the launch ceremony Fergal Bracken of the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team thanked Sgt. Pat Stapleton for all his assistance.
‘I would like to thank our new neighbour for all his help. Hopefully we can build on our great relationship and forge an even closer relationship over time. I hope this base becomes a valuable asset to the team, the gardaí and the general public.’
Paul Whyte, Development Officer for the Irish Mountain Rescue Association, congratulated everyone involved in the project and its organisation.
‘Volunteers spend a lot of time raising funds for equip- ment. We then need somewhere to store, maintain and dry this equipment. This is the ideal base and will also act as a place for meetings or as an operation post.’
Sgt. Stapleton and Inspector Aldridge were also both presented with Irish Mountain Rescue Association t-shirts and car stickers.
The Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team were formed in the early eighties after the An Oige Rescue Team disbanded. They work particularly closely with the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team formed in 1983.
At the moment the team consist of 40 volunteers on call 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. Team members come from all walks of life, from outdoor instructors to doctors and from farmers to ambulance personnel.
The team has two vehicles, a transit style vehicle and a landrover. Each vehicle is fully equipped with all the life saving equipment needed, including a defibrillator, for a rescue operation.
A number of future fundraisers are in the pipeline and should be confirmed soon. It costs approximately ¤50,000 per annum to supply necessary medical, technical and communication equipment, provide training and cover the cost of maintaining the vehicles. Nearly all that money is raised through fundraisers.
For further information on the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team, their service and further fundraisers visit the website www.dwmrt.ie
The rescue team (back): Paul Lynch; Declan Cunningham; Kenny Roberts; David Butler and Fergal Bracken. Front: Gerry Condon; Gen Ward; Mel Ward; Ken Wardington and Vaughan Mason.