A new search and rescue group is proving to be an invaluable lifeline for people in need - and is setting up its base in Market Rasen.
Lincolnshire Search and Rescue (L-SAR), which is in the process of setting up its headquarters in the town, went live on December 5 when a storm surge wreaked havoc around the area.
The Rasen Mail caught up with members Tommy Atkin, Gary Donoghue and Gavin Smith to find out more about why the county needs L-SAR.
Tommy explains: “What the L-SAR team can and should do is provide reliable, discreet and effective logistics support to the emergency services, the local authority and the other voluntary groups who attend civil incidents in Lincolnshire.
“The L-SAR team should aim to give valuable back-up of a tactical and measured nature.
“Certainly, crew members may find themselves in extreme situations assisting in a dire emergency or rescue but that is not the prime function of the L-SAR group.
“Typically the tasks undertaken would be of a ‘fetch and carry’ nature and may involve the movement of personnel, equipment and supplies.
“Operations might include the delivery of urgent medical supplies to families living in remote areas, the evacuation of personnel or members of the public from potentially hazardous situations, the transport of medical personnel including midwives and health visitors, the recovery of stranded personnel or vehicles and assistance during search operations over rough terrain or remote areas.”
The group got together last April and has 26 members living across the county - all with relevant skills.
“We’re not just people with 4x4s, for example I’m ex-army and we’ve got a former police officer and a mechanic,” said Tommy.
“So far we’ve done 407 hours - and we’ve had a cracking response.
“An 86-year-old woman told us ‘it’s nice to see some great British spirit reappearing’ - it gives you a sense of pride.
“She feared the country had lost its community spirit and gave a £400 donation as a thank you.”
The group relies on donations and needs money for future work - and to fund its new building.
On February 14, Tommy, Gary and Gavin are walking 300 miles in three days in a bid to raise £3,000.
They are each doing 100 miles around the Lincolnshire Wolds and towards the coast.
L-SAR hopes to have its new building in about eight weeks. And it will used the premises to offer first aid training to local groups.
You can make a donation through PapPal at lincs-sar.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
L-SAR is also appealing to any potential business sponsors, individuals or schools that can assist in some way.
For information call Gary on 07969 561144.