ISLAND RESCUE TEAM READY
First lowland search and rescue team in N.Wales now on call:
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.