Sussex Search & Rescue have purchased a new vehicle thanks to a donation form the Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.
The new vehicle will help the team carry out its vital work, supporting police in searches for, and the rescue of, vulnerable missing persons.
“Our previous vehicle had become too small for the team to effectively carry out its role,” said Sussex Search & Rescue chairman Alastair Hornby.
“This new, larger vehicle will enable up to three members of the team to plan and manage a search in a purpose-built office environment, with the rear of the vehicle acting as an equipment storage facility for all the kit we need.
“It has also been fitted out with the latest technology, providing reliable communications for the team, which in turn will allow us to focus more on searching for vulnerable missing persons.”
Mrs Bourne said,“I saw first-hand the vital work that SusSAR carries out when I joined volunteers on a live search exercise organised by Sussex Police in Arundel last year, and I was really impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm.
“We are very fortunate to have so many trained and dedicated volunteers in Sussex who are available to help out in emergencies.”
SusSAR was formed in 2002 following the Sarah Payne inquiry. Its membership of 50 volunteers is spread right across the county. As well as providing Sussex Police with a professionally trained search asset, the team can also be called upon to assist with civil resilience matters i.e. in response to adverse weather, and during major incidents.
Team members volunteer to be on call 24 hours a day.