Moun­tain Res­cue team gets new head­quar­ters

OF­FI­CIAL LAUNCH NEW FA­CIL­I­TIES FOR LIFE­SAV­ING SER­VICE

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

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.

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