among 20 groups to receive emergency planning award
BARB Search & Rescue was among 20 voluntary organisations
who pulled out all the stops during Somersets 82-day floods
last winter - and who have been handed a prestigious award this
Somerset Emergency Voluntary Agencies Group (SEVAG), of which
BARB is a member, has received the Emergency Planning Society
Resilience Award 2014 for the Voluntary Sector.
up of 20 different agencies, spanning the British Red Cross to
Rotary Clubs, the award recognises the significant contribution
that SEVAG made supporting the local response to the Somerset
County Council Chairman David Fothergill this week held an official
reception and presentation at County Hall in Taunton where the
award was received by the groups.
Fothergill said: "The drive, tirelessness and expertise of
the organisations that make up the Somerset Emergency Voluntary
Agency Group has helped the county through some incredibly troubling
times, and for that, we owe them a debt of gratitude."
are a recognised and trusted group of volunteers who have become
a fundamental part of our local response when the unexpected hits,
and without them, we would be all the poorer."
wish to give my sincere thanks to SEVAG for all the work put in
by all 20 organisations, and I am extremely pleased to finally
be able to present each with this long-deserved award."
is on permanent standby, ready to be called out by Somerset Local
Authorities Civil Contingencies Partnership for County and District
Services to help in response to, and recovery from, incidents
as and when they are needed.