Covid-19: Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteer their help

Covid-19: Wiltshire Search and Rescue volunteer their help

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:01pm 3rd April 2020.

2 minute read

The team's been supporting the NHS and Wiltshire Police, on top of their normal work during the coronavirus outbreak.

WILSAR say it's an 'unprecedented time' but they're doing what they can to help where needed.

They've been responding to requests from the NHS to provide volunteer drivers and vehicles to move essential supplies and equipment around the county.

They've also been working in other areas of the NHS to provide a bit of extra manpower.

Volunteers have been helping out at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon alongside the team of porters there.

WILSAR also been staffing their 24 hour incident phoneline and managing logsitics.

The charity's normal work involves supporting Wiltshire Police with missing person enquiries, and they're still doing that too.

Chair of WILSAR, Adrian Sawyer said:

"Our volunteers have the right skills and experience that can be repurposed in this incredibly challenging period. They are professionally trained in areas such as in manual handling, safeguarding, communicating with distressed people, and already have appropriate clearance to work with the most vulnerable members of society.

"This means we can very quickly provide additional support when requested to. Helping our community is what our volunteers train for, and we're proud to be able to step up and support NHS colleagues during this unprecedented time."

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