Search and rescue experts are poised to help flood efforts

Northamptonshire Search and Rescue

Northamptonshire Search and Rescue

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Volunteers from Northamptonshire who put themselves into the path of danger to help others have been placed on standby to help with the flooding disater.

Northamptonshire Search and Rescue, which is made up entirely of volunteers, is on standby to provide cover for other search and rescue teams helping out in flooded areas across the country.

Spokesman Neil Balderson said: “We are currently in the middle of one of the country’s largest ever volunteer lowland SAR deployments in the South East with teams being called in from very far afield.

“Currently we are being held in standby as backfill for these teams.”

The organisation has had a busy month, and last week was given charitable status.

It has also recently purchased its first vehicle, a Land Rover Discovery.

The Discovery will now be converted and made into the command incident and support vehicle.

It is capable of carrying both kit and team members under both normal and adverse conditions, on and off road.

The organisation has strong relationships with the police, and ALSAR, the National governing body of Lowland SAR, while developing working relationships with sister mountain rescue teams.

The group is on call 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.

Their mission is to support the Police and other ALSAR teams in the search for missing and vulnerable people which can include children and those with dementia.

There are 22 qualified members from across the county and another 11 are in training.

Although the team predominantly works in Northamptonshire it also supports neighbouring counties of Leicestershire, Bedfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire.

The attended five incidents in January.