BARB Search & Rescue gets £16k flood kit funding boost
Burnham-On-Sea's BARB Search & Rescue has this week been awarded
a £16,000 grant towards the cost of new flood rescue equipment
long-running Burnham charity has been successful in its bid for
funding from the Department of Transport's 'Inshore and Inland
Rescue Boat Grant Scheme'.
£1million has been awarded to 51 rescue charities across
the UK to support water rescue services at a local level, it was
announced on Thursday.
funding will be used by BARB to buy a new multi-terrain vehicle
to make it easier for its crews to launch rescue boats and access
areas of limited access, such as narrow country lanes and flooded
fields, plus access rocky terrain.
will also get new inflatable rescue paths to safely move people
and equipment over flood water, plus new high-power water-proof
GPS radio sets to improve communications at incidents, plus enhanced
water rescue training courses for its crewmembers. The new equipment
will be used at a wide range of incidents.
volunteer crews spent hundeds of hours helping cut-off communities
during 2013 and 2014 when flooding hit the Somerset Levels, and
the charity had its busiest year on record last year attending
almost 40 coast and inland incidents.
Chairman Mark Newman said: "We're delighted to be receiving
this grant, which will allow us to buy new rescue equipment and
training, bolstering our overall capabilities."
crews are always on-call 24 hours a day to respond to incidents
and the new equipment will help us save lives and keep our crews
relies on generous donations and the support of the local community
to meet our operating costs and that fundraising continues."
Minister Robert Goodwill said in a statement this week: "This
funding recognises the enormous efforts of voluntary rescue boat
teams and their tireless work in providing 24/7 services during
emergencies and extreme weather."
groups often rely on charitable donations to sustain their operations.
This additional funding will make a real difference to them and
the communities they serve, enabling them to buy the essential
equipment and training."
expert panel including representatives from the devolved
administrations, Defra, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI,
and the Royal Yachting Association assessed applications
submitted to the Department for Transport under the 2015 to 2016
round of the scheme.
former MP Tessa Munt, who supported BARB with its application,
said: "I'm a huge fan of BARB and am absolutely delighted
that this brilliant local organisation with its amazing team of
volunteers has received much-deserved funding for its essential
work in Somerset. I congratulate all those who give their time
to help BARB - whether in the water, on the beach, or in the office,
including fundraising which allows BARB's important rescue work