Adventure-seekers in Wales will be able to enjoy the great outdoors safe in the knowledge that – should they get into trouble – help will be at hand thanks to a donation from Tarmac.
The UK’s leading building products business has agreed to a £15,000 contribution to North East Wales Search and Rescue (NEWSAR) for the maintenance of its emergency Land Rovers.
The donation extends by another year Tarmac’s support for the search and rescue team in the north east of Wales.
Gerald Davison, spokesperson at NEWSAR, said: “The Tarmac funding has been transformative to our emergency efforts, and we are delighted that the company has agreed to another year of funding for the maintenance of our Land Rovers which are such a vital part of our ability to quickly respond, reach and rescue those in need.
“Maintaining the fleet of emergency vehicles costs a lot for their upkeep and fuel so without Tarmac’s help we wouldn’t be so effective in helping people. The money includes support for our Incident Control Unit and another vehicle used in flood rescue work.”
The rescue vehicles enable NEWSAR to cover Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham and Powys, and regularly assist mountain rescue teams in north Wales, as well as lowland search and rescue teams in Cheshire and Shropshire.
“Beyond our people, the vehicles are our most valuable asset, enabling us to get to casualties quickly, deliver vital rescue equipment and evacuate them from the scene,” added Gerald. “We work closely with the police, ambulance and fire service, as well as other mountain and lowland rescue teams, the coastguard, and air ambulance services.
“And it is not only casualties. Often, we ae called out to find missing people.”
Tarmac has a long-standing relationship with NEWSAR, including working together to promote quarry safety.
Tim Gallagher, area operations manager for Tarmac, said: “We are really pleased that we have been able to continue supporting NEWSAR this year. The work the volunteers do is vital in helping to keep the people of North Wales safe.
“NEWSAR also undertake our closed-site Emergency Rescue Risk Assessments, which are used to coordinate rescues with the police. We work closely with them to carry out joint visits to local schools and groups in the area to give talks on the dangers of playing in quarries and deep water.”