Shock­ing con­di­tions for New Ross river res­cue vol­un­teers con­demned

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

AN APPEAL has been made for fund­ing for a new premises for New Ross River Search & Res­cue vol­un­teers af­ter they high­lighted the cramped space they have to work and meet fam­i­lies in dis­tress in.

The vol­un­teers posted pho­to­graphs on so­cial me­dia high­light­ing the ba­sic, small quar­ters they have to go back to hav­ing searched for miss­ing peo­ple in the river Bar­row. In a state­ment the group said: ‘ This is what we as a vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tion have to en­dure at all times but espe­cially dur­ing searches. We have one space to store equip­ment and gear. The same space is used for cook­ing and mak­ing sand­wiches etc. and also the same space for peo­ple to change from their wet gear. This is also the same space where we have to try and speak to fam­ily mem­bers who are deal­ing with a very emo­tional and pri­vate sit­u­a­tion in a very pub­lic place. We have a sep­a­rate hut that we own and the only thing that we re­quire is the space and per­mis­sion from the coun­cil to put it in be­side our base that is al­ready in place.

‘We have spo­ken to nu­mer­ous coun­cil mem­bers but to no avail. Enough is enough. If we are not there to carry out this vi­tal ser­vice then who will?’

Cllr Michael Sheehan called on the coun­cil to pro­vide space for the sec­ond hut for chang­ing and for pri­vacy as a mat­ter of ur­gency, adding that fund­ing for a com­mu­nity build­ing should be ap­plied for in the new year. ‘ The en­tire crew do an amaz­ing job and the coun­cil should en­sure the fa­cil­i­ties match their com­mit­ment.’

No room space for vol­un­teers.

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