This clever wordmap illustrates what goes into making up a Search and Rescue team - many of the items need renewing or replacing on a regular basis.
Often our kind supporters like their donation to go towards something specific, or they like a target for their fundraising, so this is a list of our immediate requirements and approximate costs:
New Team Base £200K + Replacement for Transit vehicle (4x4) £40K to £70K 10 x GPS units - Garmin GPSMap 64s (including mapping) £3000 Replacement ropes full set for Team £1200 15 x Life Preservers £3000 20 x ‘hand’ torches LED type £1000 25 x Kask helmets (Team issued to individuals) £1625 30 x Search overalls (for semi urban search, with hi-viz, flame and thornproof) £1500 30 x base layer kit for each team member £3000
In general, most our kit requires to be replaced on a regular basis - ropes and climbing equipment have expiry dates after which they are unsafe to use, equipment gets damaged during use, and new team members are issued with a basic 'kit' for use on team call outs which is over and above their personal hill walking kit (which they also use). Here are some costings of some of the equipment we use.
‘Wiggies’ specialist casualty bag (for casualties) £480 Mantis trifold folding spinal board £510 Titan titanium basket stretcher £2160 SAR Alpine MR Stretcher £1990 SP Scoop stretcher £420 Goretex shell foul weather jacket ME MRT £480 Winter salopettes ME MRT £400 Winter salopettes Keela £130 Rigging Karabiner 30kN (each) £15 Petzl i’d descender device for rigging (each) £136 Mammut Semi-Static 100m rope £140 Beal Rescue Intervention Rope 200m (Can then be split into 2x100m.) £400 Blizzard survival jacket (for casualties) £33 Blizzard survival blanket (brick) (for casualties) £28 Montane Extreme Fleece Smock £120 Montane Super Prism winter glove £45 UKSF winter Goretex fleece cap £13 EDZ Winter Beanie Merino £15 EDZ Winter Merino balaclava £18 EDZ Winter Merino Base Layer top £60 Polar Snowshed VacMattress kit £552 Polar Snowshed SCS Rosher Casualty Bag £1095 Palm Rescue 800 Water Rescue PFD £160 Ruth Lee Training Dummy £200