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Hebrides rescue team awarded grant

20 December 2017

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.