Island search and rescue organisation, WightSAR has been awarded a £16,000 grant by the Isle of Wight Foundation. The money will buy new equipment, including a high-resolution thermal imaging camera, outdoor waterproof clothing and three new laptops with the latest software linked to other regional emergency services.
The grant will also enable volunteers to undergo first responder training as well as training on the use of the latest search and rescue computer software.
WightSAR is one of seven charities which will receive a share of around £80,000 in funding from the Isle of Wight Foundation this year. Made up of the partners behind Island Roads, each year the foundation gives grants of between £3,000 and £16,000 to Island charities, good causes and organisations working to tackle social exclusion.
WightSAR is a voluntary organisation that assists Hampshire Constabulary and other agencies in searches for vulnerable missing persons on the Island.
WightSAR chair, Dean Terrett said: “Though we are volunteers, we need to provide the most efficient and professional service possible and this money from the Isle of Wight Foundation will enable our volunteers to work even more effectively with all agencies.
“We are totally dependent on volunteer members and we rely entirely on donations for our funding – this grant will make a massive difference to our organisation and our ability to help locate missing people.”