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paulwillis6
Jan 24, 2022
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On Sunday 23rd January the team were called to the lovely Delapré Abbey in Northampton to search for a high risk missing person. On arrival we were briefed that we were searching for a gentleman by the name of Manuel Lanzini who had stormed out from his parents home after breakfast that morning stating he had "had enough" and was going to "sort things out". As he had previous self harmed and had 2 previous suicide attempts, there was serious concern for his safety. 23 team members deployed to the RVP and quickly started a 'hasty' search of the immediate area around the car parks and Abbey. Whilst this was taking place, the search manager and planners created specific search areas where they believed the misper would most likely be based on typical misper characteristics. Once each team returned from the hasty search, they were each deployed to various areas of woodland and open fields in a 600 metre radius of the RVP to continue the search. The drone team was also deployed to search some areas that were less accessible on foot. After 2 hours of thorough searching we received a call to say that the misper had in fact returned home safely and all teams were asked to return to the RVP for a debrief. However just as we were getting ready to depart, we were notified by a member of the public that a runner had taken a nasty fall and was injured in the vicinity. A first aid team was immediately deployed to the injured runners location whilst a second team gathered additional equipment that may be required such as a stretcher and hypothermia kit. Initial assessment of the injured runner showed that she had sustained a nasty sprain to the ankle and was cold due to lying on the ground for 20 minutes before being found. She was conscious and otherwise pain free so the first responders quickly made her comfortable and provided an emergency blanket to raise her body temperature. The second team then arrived with the hypothermia kit and used the casualty bag and heat packs to provide her with greater warmth. She was then transferred to a stretcher and carried out to the waiting ambulance some 400 metres away. Whilst the above was a very realistic scenario, it was in fact a training exercise. We regularly use these mock searches to maintain and improve our core teams skills and also provide realistic training scenarios for our trainees before they are signed off and deployed onto real callouts. Thank you to all team members for dedicating a cold Sunday morning to maintaining and improving our teams skills and to our 'injured runner' Sophie... hope than ankle heals quickly ;-)
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paulwillis6
Jan 17, 2022
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paulwillis6
Nov 22, 2021
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On Saturday we had the pleasure of supporting the Higham Ferrers Christmas Sparkle as we were asked by Christmas Fair the Town Council to provide First Aid cover for the event. Supporting these types of event are great for Northamptonshire Search and Rescue as they not only give us the opportunity to put our First Aid skills to the test when needed but also give us the opportunity to engage with the community, spread awareness of our organisation and the work that we do and also give us the opportunity for additional fund raising. Of course the team also got to indulge in some of the wonderful selection of festive food and drink on offer. The event was a huge success with thousands of local residents enjoying the stalls, rides and entertainment on the traffic free streets of the town centre. Thankfully we had relatively few first aid incidents to attend to with just a couple of minor bumps and falls for us to support. We were also able to collect a cheque for £250 from our work supporting Rushdens 'Classics in the Park' event earlier this year. Thank you to RHTS for your continued support. If you would like NSAR to provide support or first aid cover for your event in the future then please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' page
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paulwillis6
Oct 05, 2021
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The team is now extremely pleased to announce that after just 4 short months and a lot of hard work, it has been able to secure funding for its next major project: an all-new custom-made technical rescue vehicle. A significant amount of work, development, and support has gone into completing the final requirements of the vehicle and its fit out. Based on a 2021 Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Sprinter All Wheel Drive, modified to carry four passengers and driver, provide onboard 240v power, carry all the swift water and technical rescue equipment, as well as being able to transport stretcher bound casualties; this will once again take the teams capabilities even further supporting Northamptonshire Police & Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service. The vehicle planned to come online in Jan 2022. “Community funding success” Thanks go to the following supporters for proving grants of support. £20,000 from the players of the People's Postcode Lottery, £15,000 from David Laing Foundation, £8,727 from the Northamptonshire OPFCC, £7,270 from the The National Lottery, and £1,000 from the Maud Elkinton Trust, providing a total of £51,542. The team also want to express a huge thank you to Mercedes Benz commercial vehicles for providing a significant discount on their latest premium based model. “Devastating floods spurred on project” Last year’s devastating floods in the county, spurred the team to accelerate its plans for a new vehicle. With the teams’ swift water rescue team and bank side trained members spending several days helping trapped and beleaguered residents, it reaffirmed the team’s commitment to the new vehicle project which had been placed on hold due to the Covid19 pandemic and its impact on fundraising. The decision was taken and from that point, it was full steam ahead on the fundraising. Thanks to the team being made up of diverse volunteers from all walks of life they were able to cost the fit out and designs quickly and accurately to produce the new vehicle. “Beyond the floods and into 2021....” During this current year the team has found itself called upon more and more to support water incidents. These included a dog walker who was late returning from a riverside walk, and sadly located deceased in the water, supporting our sister teams in Warwickshire with a canal search, and most notably in rescuing 4 persons from the river Nene whose canoe had overturned. As a result of this, the team has invested more into its technical rescue equipment, with additional PPE, throw lines and reach poles. Over the coming winter we will be training with Rescue 3 Europe, several more volunteers to be Swiftwater rescue qualified. This new vehicle will allow them to get closer to the waters edge, with the right equipment, and in a timely manner; all vital to help save lives when every second counts. NSAR Spokesperson: “Covid19 has been a huge impact on us from a funding perspective, but we never lost sight of the need for this new technical rescue vehicle. We have seen the devastating speed with which water can impact lives, and how rapid actions can help save property and lives. We also wanted to make sure this brand-new vehicle will be fit for purpose and built to last. We must be sure of reliability and durability, hence choosing this Mercedes and the fit out that we have. We also want to thank all the supporters and trusts who have backed us, recognising the positive impact we have been able to bring to the community we come from and serve.”
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paulwillis6
Sep 13, 2021
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This last weekend, 10 team members provided first aid cover at Thrapston Charter Fair. The day started off the right way with Gareth providing the team with bacon rolls, before heading off to Thrapston High Street. This annual event marks the granting of market status for Thrapston in 1205. Over 2,000 visitors attended this years event, enjoying the stalls, displays, live music and funfair rides. As always, one of the most popular attractions was our own Search Dog Spike and his handler Chris. With the warm weather for this years fair, our Vice Chair Ian was providing much appreciated refreshment with his locally made Goat Milk Ice Cream from his own Ganders Goat farm. In terms of first aid, the only incident the team had to deal with was a painful wasp sting. Otherwise the team were busy engaging with the public and discussing the service NSAR provides to the local community (when they weren't eating all of the ice cream of course).
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paulwillis6
Sep 08, 2021
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Northamptonshire Search & Rescue are 100% funded by donations and run by volunteers. Our volunteers are very happy to dedicate significant amounts of their free time to support the search and safe rescue of vulnerable missing persons in the Northamptonshire area, however to do this safely and effectively we need to ensure our equipment and vehicles are maintained correctly and this does come with a cost. Typically our annual running costs are around £8,100 and this needs to be raised by various fundraising activities and the generosity of the public. We couldn't do this without your support! NSAR are now registered with 'easyfunding' which enables you, our supporters, to earn money for NSAR whilst you shop online, at no cost to you. How does it work? easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for your favourite cause. Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. Retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you” and this donation goes straight to NSAR... it couldn't be simpler! In order to support NSAR through easyfunding, all you have to do is register on their website, select us as your chosen charity and then shop online as normal. Click the image below to get started.
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paulwillis6
Sep 08, 2021
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Sundays are often a day of rest but not for members of Northamptonshire Search and Rescue. Last weekend we were invited to provide first aid cover at 'Bark in the Park' which was organised by Rushden Town Council. The event, held in Hall Park, attracted hundreds of lovely Labradors, silly Spaniels and cute Cockapoos along with many other breeds. Fortunately, it was also a very safe event, so our team were able to enjoy the great weather and speak to lots of people about what our volunteers do and in particular what role Search Dogs play in helping to find vulnerable missing people. Search Dog Ted and Handler Ian took part in the Mayor’s Choice Event where Ted was awarded a 4th Place rosette. Well done Ted! The best event of the day had to be the Fastest Sausage Pizza Eater contest, which saw an enormous Newfoundland Old English Sheepdog cross gobble down its slice in record time. To see photos of this year's event, visit https://www.facebook.com/BarkintheParkRushden
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paulwillis6
Sep 07, 2021
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On Sunday 8th August, the team provided First Aid cover at the Rushden Historical Transport Society car show at Hall Park, Rushden. 10 members and 2 emergency vehicles were in attendance throughout the day, providing a total of 104 hours of voluntary service to the community and ensuring any medical needs were swiftly met. Thankfully, there was limited need to put our first aid skills to the test so, whilst dodging the showers, the team were able to spend time engaging with the community, getting acquainted with some of our canine friends and sampling the many delights the food stalls had to offer. A big thank you to Rushden Town Council for asking us along, and the use of there onsite rapid response vehicle! Should you be planning an event in Northamptonshire that requires first aid, safety or logistical support, please get in touch to discuss how Northamptonshire Search and Rescue can support your event.
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