RescueTech keeping the community safe

2017-03-28 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedThe RescueTech team ready for action.

PHOTO: suppliedThe RescueTech team ready for action.

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RESCUETECH was started in 2009 by a combination of avid paramedics and mountain climbers.

Rescuetech has many operational volunteers ready to carry out any technical rescue at a moment’s notice.

The vision of Rescuetech is to provide a voluntary, emergency rescue support service additional to all existing ambulance, rescue and safety services. Rescuetech is committed to both human and animal rescues. Since response time in emergencies is critical and technical rescue services are scarce, the organisation’s mission is to react in the shortest possible time to either, conduct the rescue or assist in rescue or recovery, and to help stabilise victims of medical and trauma emergencies.

Speaking to the Fever, Matthew Gibbon, RescueTech’s operations command, said that he was a founding member and one of his memorable moments as a volunteer was the rescue of a firefighter who fell off a cliff while fighting a fire in Gillits. “To help others who put their lives on the line really has great sentiment. It was a very different situation with an ongoing fire around us. However, one of the worst moments are body recovery. Either assisting in a known body recovery or search and rescue becoming one. We had a search and rescue in Hammersdale area for a motor biker who got separated from his companions while riding on a very hot day, after hours of search we found him dead.”

He said that other great stories are assisting with a lot of animal rescues for SPCA, etc.

Gibbon said that people should know that they can call RescueTech at anytime - day or night. “We are an official NPO/NGO with no affiliation to any organisation. We work with anyone. Also very important about being an NGO and NPO, is we rely on donation.

“We have had great support in the past, but climbing and rescue equipment is expensive and ongoing awareness and support is vital,” he said.

Gibbon said that the volunteers’ inspiration to go out there daily is their passion to help.

He said “Donations and more volunteers are always welcome. In fact we are on a little drive at the moment looking for new members. If you are interested in either please contact us.”

To find out more about RescueTech, to join or donate contact 083 897 7778.

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