Project information

Swift Water Rescue Team

The project is the start-up of a dedicated swift water search team division for the existing search and rescue team. A shortfall in this area has been identified by Devon and Cornwall Police as well as Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. This area is currently under resourced in Cornwall.

January 2017 - August 2017

Charity information: Cornwall Search & Rescue Team

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  • Need

    Need

    The project is the start up of a dedicated swift water search team for Cornwall search and rescue team. A shortfall in this area has been identified by Devon and Cornwall Police as well as Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. The team is a member of Mountain Rescue England and Wales which has introduced ten core capabilities of its member teams including that teams should be able to operate safely around water margins. This requires the team to have a water rescue capability to DEFRA standards.

    Solution

    This project will enable us to cover more areas of Cornwall which are currently inaccessible to us due to lack of equipment or training. These are inland areas not covered by Coastguard or RNLI such as quarries, rivers, lakes and pond areas. Combined with our existing team we would be able to quickly deploy the new water team to search these areas alongside our hill search teams. We will be able to safely and efficiently clear entire search areas including riverways and water courses.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To purchase the necessary water safety equipment, such as boat, dry suits and ropes.

    Activities

    » We will purchase 1 rib, 8 dry suits, safety lines, throw lines, life jackets, helmets and gloves.

    Success will be demonstrated by Cornwall being provided with a fully operational swift water rescue team which can be deployed to carry out searches that incorporate waterways.


    Aim 2

    To train 8 current team members to DEFRA module 2 standards for working near waterways.

    Activities

    » We will send 8 team members on a national Swift Water Rescue Technician course. These members will attend this course voluntarily in their own time.

    Success will be demonstrated by Cornwall being provided with a fully operational swift water rescue team which can be deployed to carry out searches that incorporate waterways.


  • Impact

    Impact

    In the long term this will enable us to deploy our own water search team to properly search areas without the need to call other teams from further away such as Devon. This could prove lifesaving in terms of time saving. This will bring Cornwall SRT in line with most other counties search and rescue capabilities. In the event of regional disasters such as Cumbria flooding the swift water rescue team could be deployed to assist in different areas, or provide rescue cover for other teams.

    Risk

    The risks which could influence this project include us failing to reach our funding target. However we have 50 operational team members who are 100% dedicated to delivering this project, we have collectively pledged to ensure our target is reached.

    Reporting

    We will report to our donors through all our existing social media channels including Facebook, our website and twitter. We will keep donors updated with the project throughout, including profiles of the team members who are forming part of the swift water rescue team.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,024

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,800 Technical Training Swift water rescue technical course for 8 volunteers
      £420 Equipment Bark BT330 Rib
      £2,961 Equipment Typhoon drysuits
      £1,843 Equipment Dry bags, gloves, rescue belts, undersuits, boots, karabiners and cowtails
  • Background

    Location

    The location for the project would primarily cover the whole of Cornwall. Equipment would be stored in one of our two area bases. However, the swift water rescue team could be deployed in any area of Cornwall as required. In addition, the team would be available to assist neighbouring areas if required or regionally to assist in larger Mountain Rescue operations in the event of national disasters.

    Beneficiaries

    The community contains vulnerable people including young people, despondents, elderly suffering with dementia and those suffering with various mental disorders. Anyone is at risk from becoming lost whilst hill walking or hiking but some people are inherently more at risk in their day to day lives. They can become lost very easily even in suburban areas of Cornwall which contain numerous waterways. It is essential that people who are lost are found quickly and bought to safety as soon as possible

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Cornwall Search and Rescue has a long affirmed relationship with Devon and Cornwall police. We are the only search and rescue team called upon when additional resources are required to help find missing people in Cornwall. Existing water rescue organisations such as Coastguard and RNLI do not cover inland areas such as river banks.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jenny Pickles

    Lead fundraising officer for this project and Trustee.

    Jim Gallienne

    Team Leader and Trustee.

    Zachary Harvey-Brewer

    Water Officer and fundraising liaison.

£100

will pay for a life jacket for one swift water search rescuer