Rescue service to host fundraiser

2018-10-23 06:01
PHOTO: Supplied‘Bad Moon Rising’, presented by The Gee Jays, is part of a fundraising initative by the Rescuetech organisation.

PHOTO: Supplied‘Bad Moon Rising’, presented by The Gee Jays, is part of a fundraising initative by the Rescuetech organisation.

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LACK of specialised rescue support service in the Upper highway saw Mark Easton, Nicholas Holmes, Nic Geere, and Matthew Gibbon forming a non-profit organisation, called Rescuetech, to help in the community.

Previously known as VEMA HAR­­ prior to breaking away from VEMA in 2009, Rescuetech is now an independent organisation.

Holmes explained that, originally, the unit was started due to a lack of specialised rescue support service in the area, and the fact that at the time no one was able to conduct high angle (rope rescue) with the fire department down-scaled their rescue division.

“The inspiration behind Rescuetech is to provide free emergency search and rescue service, to be able to access and secure persons in danger or in life threatening situations quickly and efficiently which would otherwise take a very long time. Beyond that, it’s about giving back and doing something of value for the passion of the cause,” he said.

The co-founder further explained that Rescuetech is a volunteer search and rescue support service: “We are not a primary emergency service but we are there to support any other emergency service in carrying out a technical rescue, whether it be a vehicle collision down an embankment, a person fallen off a cliff, building collapse, missing hikers or even, in some cases, animals in distress.”

In conclusion, Holmes said that being a volunteer organisation, and completely funded by members out of their own pockets and by donations, they would really appreciate it if the public could support their fundraising event Bad Moon Rising, presented by The Gee Jays, that’s going to take place on Saturday, November 10 at the Forest View Primary hall.

“Funds raised from this event goes into upgrading equipment and keeping our services available to the public. So ultimately anyone who we rescue or assist will benefit from this as, without this funding, we cannot offer a free service to the greater Durban area,” he said.

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