The newest Community Rescue Station on the River Bann has recently been established at Drumaheglis Marina ensuring the safety of those who use the excellent facilities.
The provision of such a unit has been in the planning for quite some time and comes as the use of both the river and the caravan park has significantly increased.
Speaking on behalf of the Community Rescue team, Regional Commander Sean McCarry commented: “The new station has always been in the plan to have the River Bann completely covered. We have a station covering from Lough Neagh to Kilrea and a station covering from Coleraine to The Cutts and now the new Ballymoney station means the final piece in the jigsaw is complete.
“We have been working with the various councils for the last nine years to ensure the river is as safe as possible to use and work on and this is a very good resource to have in place.
“We will have a team specifically based at Drumaheglis and that comes at a time when the facilities there are being used by more and more people.
“The Community rescue Service responds to an average of 100 calls a year in connection with incidents on the river so the provision of a new station on this stretch of the River Bann is vital to ensure everyone stays safe.”
The work the Community Rescue Service does is invaluable and they are currently recruiting. The Community Rescue Service (CRS) is a charitable organisation operated by volunteers from communities across Northern Ireland.
Their main support function is crisis intervention, covering 62 km of the River Bann from Lough Neagh (at Toomebridge) down stream to Seaton’s marina, near the Barmouth. Another one of their main roles is to provide the resources required to search for missing persons throughout the entire region of Northern Ireland. All of the ground search teams who provide this vital service are trained to the highest possible standards.
Volunteers undergo regular specialised training and this is conducted to the highest possible standards. Training is certified by external regulated bodies or organisations such as PIPS (Suicide Prevention Service), ASSIST (suicide Intervention Training), City and Guilds, RYA (Royal Yachting Association), PSNI (Police Service Northern Ireland), Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance, ISA (Irish Sailing Association), ALSAR (Association of Lowland Search and Rescue), Northern trust, IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) and Sea Training International as well as many others.
If you would like to join the team you can contact the Community Rescue Service via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 07711 233 802 and if you require more information you can check out their website: http://communityrescue.org