Chief Con­sta­ble ap­plauds ‘ded­i­ca­tion’ of res­cue team

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page - Chief Con­sta­ble Nick Eph­grave

SUR­REY’S top cop has heaped praise on the county’s ‘ded­i­cated, com­mit­ted and pro­fes­sional’ search and res­cue team.

Sur­rey Search and Res­cue (Sur­rey SAR) re­cently marked its 500th call­out in sup­port of Sur­rey Po­lice hav­ing formed just seven years ago.

Sur­rey SAR is fre­quently called on to as­sist the emer­gency ser­vices search for miss­ing peo­ple, and par­tic­u­larly with other emer­gen­cies such as flood­ing.

The team, which now has some 90 vol­un­teers, has been praised by Sur­rey Po­lice’s Chief Con­sta­ble Nick Eph­grave on the cusp of the group’s ‘im­pres­sive mile­stone’.

“The ded­i­ca­tion, com­mit­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of Sur­rey SAR is ev­i­dent ev­ery time they as­sist Sur­rey Po­lice to lo­cate miss­ing and of­ten vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the pub­lic,” he said.

“They have con­sis­tently re­sponded rapidly to emer­gency sit­u­a­tions and added great value to the county’s search and res­cue ca­pa­bil­ity.

“500 call­outs is an im­pres­sive mile­stone for the char­ity and we thank our Sur­rey SAR col­leagues for their sup­port when called upon day, or night.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with Sur­rey SAR over the next 500 searches.”

Sur­rey SAR char­ity chair­man Dr Piers Page added: “With each call­out, we grow pro­fes­sion­ally.

“What started as a small group of com­mu­nity spir­ited peo­ple has now grown into a well drilled or­gan­i­sa­tion that has de­vel­oped spe­cial­ist teams in wa­ter res­cue, search dogs and even an aerial ca­pa­bil­ity us­ing drones, in ad­di­tion to our core search skills.

“As a char­ity, we are for­ever in­debted to the peo­ple of Sur­rey for their sup­port and also to our ded­i­cated team mem­bers who in­vest so much time to en­sure the next call out is al­ways go­ing to be our most ef­fec­tive.”

Sur­rey SAR are part of the Low­land Res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tion that makes up the UK Search and Res­cue re­sponse ca­pa­bil­ity, along­side spe­cial­ist part­ners such as the RNLI and Moun­tain Res­cue.

In 2016, they at­tended 67 in­ci­dents mak­ing them the busiest Low­land Res­cue team in Great Bri­tain. The team dealt with their 300th in­ci­dent in March 2015.

Jake Dar­ling

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