A group of volunteers that search for missing people in Oxfordshire have received a ‘generous’ donation towards a new incident control vehicle.
The county’s lowland search and rescue team OxSAR was given £20,000 by an energy firm for a new Ford Transit vehicle to help organise rescue missions.
The vehicle, funded by a Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) grant, will be used as a centre of operations.
The group’s current vehicle, a 2006 Vauxhall Movano, has become too costly to run.
The Ford Transit will have to be custom fitted with all the necessary equipment and branded before it can be used.
When fully fitted the van will have the necessary equipment for specialised searches such as rescue in river or floodwaters.
It has increased space for medical and rescue equipment and two workstations for a search manager and an operations manager, allowing both members of the team to work independently but share information.
OxSAR chairman Jonathan Stevenson-Paul said: “We are delighted with the generous grant from SSEN that allowed us to purchase this new, state-of-the-art van. This will allow us to be more efficient and improve the workflow within the team, saving more lives.
“It will further support the work and dedication of our outstanding volunteers.” The OxSAR team, which can mobilise its volunteers within an
hour, is called into action by police when a person goes missing in Oxfordshire.
SSEN customer relationship manager Lucy Anderson said it was “great to see” the energy firm’s donation “bring so much benefit to the local community”.
For more information on OxSAR and to donate, visit oxsar.org.uk