Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles has donated a former police dog van to the county’s mountain rescue operation in support of their emergency work.
The old police vehicle, which is worth £2,000 at auction and was recently decommissioned by the Constabulary, has been handed to Derbyshire Peak District Mountain Rescue Service to help in their future rescue efforts.
The organisation operates a voluntary 24-7 emergency service which attends call-outs in response to the police for missing or injured people and consists of entirely unpaid volunteers. Peak District Mountain Rescue comprises no fewer than seven civilian rescue teams covering the areas of Buxton, Derby, Edale, Glossop, Kinder, Oldham and Woodhead in addition to the Peak District area of the Search and Rescue Dog Association of England and Wales and the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation. In 2012 alone, they were called to assist Derbyshire Constabulary on 180 occasions and so far since January have been called out 24 times.
Each team is a self-contained unit with its own vehicles and supplies and members are trained to provide all manner of rescue from cliff or remote moorland. The Search and Rescue Dog Association currently has six qualified dog handlers in the Peak District who are often called upon to provide search dog support across the Peak District and beyond.
The Peak District Mountain Rescue Operation and its associated teams are all registered charities and rely solely on donations from the public and other sources to fund their work. The operating cost of one team alone is more than £10,000 per year covering the cost of vehicles, radios, insurance and specialised equipment. Team members donate their time free of charge. The police dog van is already kitted out by use by a dog handler and will be a welcome addition to the service.
Commissioner Charles said: “I am pleased that we have a suitable former police vehicle to donate to the Peak District Mountain Rescue Team to support their valuable work. These people donate their time freely and often risk perilous conditions themselves to help bring loved ones back to their families and I’m very grateful to the service they provide.
“All of these mountain rescue charities have helped the police on numerous occasions in the past and donating this former police dog van is a fitting way we can show our appreciation of their work.”
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Posted on Wednesday 17th April 2013