Derby Mountain Rescue Team, an unpaid volunteer charity, has received a one-off sum of just over £3,800 from the 2017 Department for Transport ‘Inshore and inland rescue boat grant’; a £1million grant for charities running local lifeboat and rescue services, helping those in danger on and around inland and inshore waterways, including during flooding and other incidents.
These vital funds will help the team to purchase new equipment for their water section including a water rescue sled and personal protection equipment including dry-suits and helmets. Derby MRT’s water section train for Swiftwater and Floodwater rescue and rescue boat operation allowing them to conduct water based search and rescue operations on behalf of the Police.
In 2015 Derby MRT’s water section, as part of a joint Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation response, were deployed to Cumbria during Storm Desmond to assist in the evacuation of homes particularly in the already flood stricken Carlisle. Later, over the Christmas period, Derby MRT were sent to Greater Manchester and York to assist in the flood rescue efforts working alongside other mountain rescue teams, water rescue charities and the army.
Following the team’s efforts during Storm Desmond, Nottingham-based manufacturer of sailing clothing, Gill Marine, donated water rescue kit worth in excess of £5,000 to the water section of Derby Mountain Rescue Team.
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