Following a planning process that began in late 2011, the CRS tonight began safety patrols in the area around the River Lagan in Belfast City Centre. This is the first step in an ongoing process to provide assistance to those in difficulty in that area. The CRS Belfast Unit is currently leading the way in providing this service in support of the police and other emergency services with the support of CRS members from around the province. For more information regarding volunteering for the CRS please visit our 'join us' page.
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The latest news from the Community Rescue Service...

CRS Receive New Transmission Radios from the RIVER Project

The RIVER (Regeneration in Villages & Emergency Rescue ) project  has provided essential funding to enable the Community Rescue Service  to purchase 16 radios which are vital when carrying out missing person searches.

Community Rescue Service is the largest volunteer Search and Rescue Organisation in Northern Ireland. Its remit is to search for high risk missing persons in rural and urban environments. This includes rivers and other water courses. The volunteers come from local communities and serve those in need 24/7/365. They are prepared to leave work, home, family and friends at a moment’s notice to help those who find themselves in difficulty.

In 2012, the teams in Portglenone, Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Coleraine were called out to search for casualties in the River Bann and the rural hinterland on over 60 occasions.

The new Motorola radios will enable search teams, on foot, on bikes and in fast response boats to communicate with each other on a private network allowing fast, clear and confidential messages to be passed between the search teams .

Should you wish to contact the Community Service Rescue team please email or alternatively Tel : 07711233802

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