Air Ambulance Inshore Search & Rescue

15th November 2017

Living in a rural part of the country, we develop a keen appreciation for our emergency services. I have been particularly interested and always acutely aware of the difficulties facing frontline services in rural areas where isolated and scattered communities are hard to reach.

That’s why I want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the exceptional work carried out by our ‘unconventional emergency services; their tireless work is at times overlooked amongst the national discourse about frontline services. Our air and marine search and rescue services play an immense role in looking after us when we need them the most.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting delegates from the Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) in the House of Commons at an event marking the 30th year of emergency air ambulances operating in the UK. The work that the DAAT paramedic aircrew and volunteers do is outstanding and I am pleased to know that, in times of need, my constituents benefit from having such a crucial service available to them.

Earlier this year, I joined the DAAT crew to inaugurate a new night landing site paid for by a community fund raising campaign. Their lifesaving work in the community is of immense value and we owe them a debt of gratitude for the challenging work they do on our behalf.

Another vital service which I am proud to support in my constituency is inshore search and rescue services. As an island nation, the safety of our coasts is vital as is the safety of those in distress on or around our waterways.

Our dedicated local lifeboat and rescue services, such as at Appledore, daily carry out lifesaving work. In recognition of their work, in 2014 the Government launched the Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund to ensure that valued volunteers and charities can buy the equipment, training and other resources they need to provide round-the-clock lifesaving services. I am delighted that the Government has once again facilitated the crucial work they do by awarding nearly £250,000 to 13 South West based rescue boat organisations, 3 of which serve my constituency directly.

The 2017-18 awards provide a further £1m to support equipment purchases including new boats and launch vehicles, but also a wide range of the smaller kit such as lifejackets and boots that is essential to keep volunteer rescuers safe and effective.

These smaller and independent charities which serve a vital public service on the front line are part of the lifeblood of our communities and we are privileged to be able to count on them in times of need. 

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