First low­land search and res­cue team in N.Wales now on call:

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NORTH Wales has a new search and res­cue team ready to re­spond to emer­gency calls for help. MônSAR was formed three years ago and has been re­cruit­ing, fundrais­ing and train­ing since then.

The team is now on call for searches and res­cues and will work closely with the six moun­tain res­cue teams in the area.

The new An­gle­sey Search and Res­cue team is the first low­land SAR team in North Wales.

The 30 vol­un­teers can also be called to as­sist the emer­gency ser­vices across the re­gion and be­yond.

Huw Thomas, chair of the MônSAR Work­ing Group said: “All mem­bers of the team have re­ceived spe­cial­ist train­ing that in­cludes search tech­niques, search man­age­ment and plan­ning, first aid, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ra­dio skills, fit­ness, and nav­i­ga­tion train­ing.

“We have been work­ing hard to re­cruit and train new mem­bers with as­sis­tance from other search and res­cue teams from across Eng­land and Wales.

“We rely en­tirely on do­na­tions, and MônSAR con­tinue to re­cruit team mem­bers and are also look­ing for a per­ma­nent base to keep our op­er­a­tional equip­ment and ve­hi­cle.

“If any­one can help the team to find a suit­able build­ing or lo­ca­tion they should get in touch.”

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the team on be­com­ing op­er­a­tional Tem­po­rary Chief Con­sta­ble Gareth Pritchard, who is the na­tional polic­ing lead for search and res­cue, said: “The team has been work­ing hard for sev­eral months to reach op­er­a­tional sta­tus, and it is pleas­ing to see that they have been suc­cess­ful at this im­por­tant stage.

“As the only low­land res­cue team in North Wales, MônSAR will work closely with North Wales Po­lice, the ex­ist­ing six moun­tain res­cue teams, the Search and Res­cue Dog As­so­ci­a­tion (Wales) and other agen­cies to search for and lo­cate the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple within our com­mu­ni­ties.

“I am grate­ful for their work to reach such a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone.”

North Wales Po­lice have pro­vided the team with a de­com­mis­sioned po­lice ve­hi­cle.

The po­lice have also pro­vided ra­dio and com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment and of­fi­cers are un­der­tak­ing joint train­ing with An­gle­sey-based of­fi­cers.

MônSAR is re­cruit­ing and wel­comes ap­pli­ca­tions from those in­ter­ested in join­ing the team, and for any support from the lo­cal com­mu­nity in terms of spon­sor­ship.

Fur­ther de­tails can be found on the team’s web­site.

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