Mountain Rescue purchase new vehicle with departmental funding

Date Published : January 8th, 2018    Published By : admin

The South East Mountain Rescue Association has purchased a new Landrover Discovery from a donation of €50,000 from the Department of Rural and Community Development.

The new Landrover Discovery is replacing the SEMRA’s 10-year-old Landrover Defender, which has served the organisation well. Volunteers with the mountain rescue team have being making themselves familiar with the new rescue response vehicle at a recent exercise scenario.

960 SEMRA New Discovery Jeep
Photo: (South East Mountain Rescue Association)

The funding from the department helped purchase the new vehicle, in addition to the generous donations from mountaineering and hiking clubs, businesses, individuals and members, both in the South East of Ireland and further afield.

960 SEMRA New Discovery and old one
Photo: (South East Mountain Rescue Association)

The SEMRA says their combined donations ensure the team can provide a sustainable voluntary mountain rescue service within the south-eastern region.

960 SEMRA Discovery CRew
Photo: (South East Mountain Rescue Association)

According to the South East Mountain Rescue Association, it costs in excess of €3,000 each month to run the association, and while any financial support from the State is very much welcome, it is still not sufficient to sustain their operational costs of and have said they are therefore constantly fund raising and receiving funding and donations are paramount to our survival.

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