Emergency service gets a little help
A new emergency service to help in the search for missing people is poised to officially take to the roads, thanks to support from estate agents Harrison Murray.
The Leicestershire Search and Rescue (Leicsar) service will unveil its response vehicle later this month; exactly a year after the initial idea was born.
Leicsar is a non-profit organisation made up of volunteers, providing vital support and assistance to the emergency services, local authorities and the public.
The brainchild of ex-police officer John Howells and serving fire fighter Andy Spry, the team has been working hard for the last 12 months to turn the service into a reality.
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Following intense fundraising efforts, Leicsar's first emergency vehicle will take to the roads this month – thanks in particular to generous sponsorship from Harrison Murray. With a long-standing reputation across the county and branches around Leicestershire and beyond, Harrison Murray responded to an SOS from the service to find a main sponsor.
The official unveiling of the vehicle, which will be used to assist police and other emergency services takes place on Friday, October 19.
Harrison Murray managing director Nick Salmon said: "We have all been very impressed with the professionalism and dedication shown by John, Andy and the whole team who have a passion for helping others on a countywide scale.
"We are truly delighted to be able to put the Harrison Murray name to such a worthwhile venture and one capable of reaching and helping so many people."
Leicsar chairman and co-founder John Howells said: "It costs an estimated £13,000 a year to run the service, and we are immensely grateful to all our supporters and sponsors – not least to the huge generosity of Harrison Murray in providing the vehicle – which has helped to get Leicsar off the ground.
"Our main purpose is to assist in the search for vulnerable missing persons, including children, the elderly or those suffering from a physical or mental illness.
"In addition to search and rescue, we also provide support and assistance at major incidents, likefires, floods and rail/air disasters, and assistance to emergency services during adverse weather conditions.
"This can range from delivering essentialsupplies, evacuation transport and even offering help to stranded members of the public."
The service – which is affiliated to and regulated by The Association of Lowland Search & Rescue (ALSAR) – is continually looking for volunteers and anyone interested should visit: