FYI Talgarth has spoken many times with the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue and was saddened to hear of the terrible fire, where most of their equipment was either destroyed or damaged. They have now set up a donations page to help in the interim, the team as do many of our volunteer emergency services rely on about £30,000 a year donations through charitable giving to keep them going. The fire is devastating for them!
The Control Centre vehicle which i have been shown around many times has been completely lost. Although awaiting news of Insurance claim details, the team still need more than ever valuable funds to keep them operational. This is even more critical as the weather sets to become more wintery and conditions worsen. If you are about in the Beacons, please limit the call out to the teams who are there for emergencies, by being prepared before you set out. All the rescue team websites and Facebook pages can give advice on what you should do and what to take before heading out. Please be prepared.
For more information on the Just Giving page follow the link in the bottom of the article.
FYI Talgarth offers the team the best of luck and support in this difficult time.
A statement from Central Beacons Mountain Rescue:
Shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday evening we were alerted by Gwasanaeth Tân ac Achub De Cymru / South Wales Fire and Rescue Service regarding smoke emitting from our base. We assisted fire officers with gaining access into our building where a fire was discovered and we are indebted to the bravery and professionalism from the guys at Green Watch, Merthyr Tydfil Fire Station.
The fire has destroyed our control vehicle and severely affected both 4x4 response vehicles.
We will continue to provide as good a Search & Rescue service as we can through this very difficult and challenging period and we’re very grateful for the support of our neighbouring rescue teams in helping us with this.
We’re also grateful for all your offers of help from across the communities, although our first step has to be to await the results from our insurance assessors and only once that’s known will we be able to plan our fundraising strategy for replacement vehicles and equipment.
The Just Giving Page has already raised over £8,000
Pictured below the Brecon Mountain Rescue in their control unit similar to the one lost in the fire.