Hebrides Search and Rescue Team (HSRT) is benefiting from a £20,000 grant to help
the organisation become more resilient and prepare for winter storms this year.
The money from SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund will go towards purchasing a new
4 x 4 vehicle to replace a 19-year-old Landrover.
The vehicle will be used to respond to emergencies throughout the Outer Hebrides
and provide resilience support in times of extended power outages to those most vulnerable
on the islands.
Paul Phillips, Western Isles manager at SSEN, said the fund is “vital to help our
communities better prepare and improve their own resilience plans to respond to whatever
mother nature throws our way.
“As a responsible operator, by proactively supporting local resilience projects we
can truly make a difference to the communities we serve and this collaborative approach
is essential to support our customers during network outages.”
Robert Sinclair of Hebrides Mountain Rescue Team said the group was “absolutely delighted”
with the award.
He added: “Our team of volunteers, who are on call 24/7, cover a wide area from Ness
in the north of Lewis to the Island of Barra in the south and having a new 4 x 4
vehicle will assist us greatly in being able to respond to emergencies and also to
provide resilience in partnership with other emergency services and community organisations
at times of extended power outages.”
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) Resilient Communities Fund is
supporting community groups across the north of Scotland to deliver projects to help
protect the welfare of those most vulnerable and enhance community facilities and
communication during severe weather events.
The fund was established to support community groups, charities and non-profit making
organisations in SSEN’s distribution network area, offering grants of up to £20,000
to successful applications.
The fund - worth almost £265,000 in total - is particularly focused on projects helping
vulnerable or isolated people living in SSEN’s network areas to ensure they are supported
during significant emergency events.