Volunteer profile, Richie Boardwell – Operational Hill Party Member

Name: Richie Boardwell

How long have you been in the team?

8 years.

What you do outside NEWSAR (work and other hobbies)?

I served my country for 17 years in the military. I then worked in the close protection industry for 6 years before retraining as a heating engineer and I now run my own company. I enjoy walking and spending time in the mountains with my wife Babs and our 4 dogs.

Has this been transferred into NEWSAR?

I believe I have been able to transfer the skills I learnt in the military to mountain rescue and after many years serving my country, I am now able to serve my community. My main interests in the team are S(wift water) R(escue) T(echnician) and Haz(ardous) Ground, but that’s not to say I don’t enjoy the other parts of the job like searching for missing and/or vulnerable people, too.

What have you learned while being a member?

I have learnt a lot from being in the team; the instructors are super knowledgeable and training is varied and there is a lot of experience in the topic groups.

Worst and best aspects of being in the team.

Worst aspect of the job for me is waiting around and the weather isn’t always the best, but that comes with the job. Best part of the team is making new friends and learning from what other team members have experienced.

An experience that stood out for me was going to Cumbria during Storm Desmond in 2015 and spending 3 days up there working with multiple agencies and constantly being out with minimal sleep. Probably one of the most enjoyable and rewarding times so far.

To me, NEWSAR has become like a second family and I trust my team members implicitly.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/volunteer-profile-richie-boardwell-operational-hill-party-member/

Volunteer profile, Harold Burrows MBE – Operational Support Member

Name: Harold Burrows MBE, Operational Support Member and team President.

I joined NEWSAR in 1999, 22 years ago.  But my involvement in Mountain Rescue goes all the way back to 1966.  Editors note: Fifty Five years ago!

I started to train my first dog with Search And Rescue Dog Association – Wales (SARDA – Wales) in 1986.  My first SARDA call out was in 1988 was for a missing male after a Christmas party in Merthyr Tydfil, second call-out on Christmas Eve was to search for the victims of the Lockerbie bombing of Pam Am flight 103. I travelled up on Christmas night ready to search Boxing Day.

I’ve served in many management positions in Mountain Rescue teams, SARDA (Wales) and the National Search And Rescue Dog Association of UK & Ireland.

I’ve been involved in training and assessing search dogs in Iceland, Greece, Malta, Guam and Australia. I was given an award from the Malta Government in 2013, for the help and support I gave them in setting up their Urban Search And Rescue dog unit.

I’ve been privileged to serve communities across the UK and beyond.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/volunteer-profile-harold-burrows-mbe-operational-support-member/

Volunteer profile – Sue, Supporters Group Member

Name: Sue, NEWSAR Supporter

How long have you been a supporter?

Probably as long as my husband Gerald has been a member of the team, 13 years. There wasn’t a supporters group then but family members can’t help but be involved in some way.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

Meeting people, working with other supporters and team members and helping out at events. I am also the collection box coordinator.

How do you feel you have made a difference to NEWSAR?

I hope that my input as a supporter reduces the fund raising load on Team Members.

Anything else you want to say?

Two things I have learnt and pass on to family and friends are;

  • if you have an accident and if you are somewhere where you can’t be carried by a 2 person ambulance crew then do not dial 999 and ask for an ambulance or there might be a delay getting you out, you need to ask for Police and then Mountain Rescue and they will help.
  • Don’t use What 3 Words for giving a reference for your location, OS locate is a better tool.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/volunteer-profile-sue-supporters-group-member/

Volunteer profile, Pat – NEWSAR Supporters Group member

Name: Pat, NEWSAR Supporter

How long have you been in the team?

I joined as a Supporter approximately 10 years ago, when the team invited potential supporters to attend a meeting at base.

What made you volunteer?

I am part of some walking groups who have needed assistance from MR, including a rescue of a friend with heart problems and decided to repay the debt.

What do you enjoy about volunteering?

I enjoy the friendship, attending country fairs, etc. and feeling that I am doing something worthwhile.

Anything else you want to say?

I hope I have helped to take some of the strain off the team members by helping to man the stall, manning the kitchen, rattling a bucket etc.

Editors note: Pat is a fantastic supporter who has been with us for so many years. She has been out in all weathers on street collections and made countless cups of tea for fell runners etc. We couldn’t function without support like this. See the link for how you can Support NEWSAR.

Permanent link to this article: https://newsar.org.uk/2021/06/volunteer-profile-pat-newsar-supporters-group-member/

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