Kent Search and Rescue is a voluntary organisation that protects and preserves good health and life through the provision of search and rescue teams to assist organisations involved in the search for and/or rescue of missing and vulnerable persons. Their secondary objective is the provision of education programmes to the general public to help prevent the need of search and rescue operations.
In February 2016 Kent Search and Rescue made an application to the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity for support in the purchase and fitting out of a new control vehicle. The Cornwallis Charity was pleased to award a grant of £2,500, which was presented by the Head of East Kent Freemasons, Geoffrey Dearing, at the presentation held on the 12th November 2016 at Canterbury Lodge in the grounds of the Cathedral.
On the 24th February 2017 the new Kent Search and Rescue control vehicle was officially inaugurated by the Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing, Jo Shiner. The control vehicle is a mobile base and, with the use of our grant, it has been fitted out with computers and radio equipment that provides radio cover and support to those at the scene of a search. It also enables real time contact with the emergency organisation that is being assisted.
The control vehicle was used ahead of its inauguration for a search in Dover on the 17th February 2017. By following the link below you can read about the rescue that was undertaken by these amazing volunteers.
East Kent Freemasons should feel proud that this grant has helped save the life of a vulnerable member of our local community and will continue to do so for many years to come.