Limerick Land Search Team based in limerick city on call 24/7, 365 days a year.
Limerick Land Search and Rescue urge the public for vital donations
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Mia Wang
Limerick Land Search Team, a voluntary search, and rescue unit that specialises in searches, rescues, and recoveries of missing persons within the city and county, are appealing to the public to help fund the various projects that they undertake.
The Limerick Land Search Team recently received a Jeep as a daily rescue kit and while this is a vital asset, it will cost over €4,000 to insure. The agency is encouraging interested people to donate to help their organization’s operations.
Cian Mc Namara, the Liaison Officer for the Limerick land search team, said, “Although a jeep is amazing and a major asset to us this jeep needs to be kitted out with emergency essentials! Jeeps like this also cost in and around €4,000 to insure as a charity so again dealt a big blow and now trying to find the funds”.
Except for the jeep they received, there is a huge lack of rescue equipment available to them. In recent years, the members have started to take money from their own pockets to buy equipment and uniforms just to keep the unit alive.
The unit was set up in 2013 by a group of locals after a young girl went missing in the city and it was seen as a necessity to have a unit allocated to land searches as there was none in limerick. It is 1 of 3 dedicated land units in Ireland at the moment and strives to be number 1.
While being mainly land based, they do have members trained in swift-water and flood rescue. The unit is entirely run by volunteers and is on call 24/7, 365 days a year.
Although this unit has done a lot for the rescue work of Limerick, due to the lack of development funds it is now in a very difficult situation.
The volunteers are very eager to help more people so they are doing training exercises every day to make sure they can provide the most professional rescue measures when something happened.
However, there is not enough equipment available to help everyone. On top of this, the unit roof is dilapidated and there is no phone reception in the building, making it difficult for volunteers to get in touch with vital services.
Limerick Land Search Team is calling on everyone’s attention with the hope that the public can help them get through this tough situation. They are trying to raise money to provide the highest ability of service to the community.
Cian Mc Namara said, “We need all the help we can get in securing a more stable future. In the times that are now upon us in our city, it is essential for the unit to be able to perform to its utmost highest standard to help as many people and families as we possibly can in their time of need. We need help with anything you possibly can help with be it fundraising, equipment or even a platform to talk on.”
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