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Community Resilience Team

SARAID has launched a new arm to the charity, the Avon Community Resilience Team (CRT). Utilising the specialist skills and training the team has obtained from its international deployments the CRT will be applying them in their local communities.

The Avon CRT is a team of volunteers based in North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, their aim is to identify communities and people and make them less venerable and more resilient to disasters, taking a little of the load off the blue light services.

Working in partnership with both Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire and Rescue, the team are based at Nailsea Fire Station. Running a six month rolling syllabus, anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join at any time. Training includes crime prevention, fire awareness, navigation skills, first aid and much more.

SARAID are also creating a flood response team to support communities in the Somerset Levels and further afield. Once fully trained and accredited, the flood response team will be listed on the DEFRA national database, so could be deployed anywhere in the country.

If you'd like to find out more about volunteering with SARAID's Avon Community Resilience Team, please get in touch

Membership Declaration

Data protection: I understand that my details will be maintained by SARAID on computer for its administration use only and that my signature below confirms that this is entirely acceptable to me. I understand that they will be held securely and not passed to anyone externally of SARAID, I am also aware that I may rescind this authority at any time. I understand that should any of my personal details change, that I should notify the Membership Officer immediately so that my personal records can be updated and that failure to do so may result in me not being notified of and/or being selected for an Operational Deployment

Conduct: I agree to abide by SARAID’s Constitution and codes of conduct and understand that any misconduct deemed inappropriate will result in my membership being reviewed or rescinded.

“As this post meets the requirements in respect of exempted questions under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, all applicants who are offered membership will be subject to a Criminal Records Check from the Criminal Records Bureau before the membership is confirmed. This will include details of cautions, reprimands or final warnings as well as convictions. All current members will be subject to a Criminal Records Check in order to have their membership renewed (CRB Checks valid for 3 Years) ”.

Cotswold Outdoor

“Cotswold Outdoor are proud to be a supporter of such a prestigious organisation. Cotswold Outdoor is a multi-award winning retailer with numerous thriving stores located nationwide. Not only are we proud of knowledgeable staff, but our stores stock one of the most comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing and equipment in the UK. With a huge range of footwear, waterproof jackets and fleeces, tents, sleeping bags and outdoor accessories, we offer one of the best selections of clothing and equipment right on your doorstep.

Whoever you are and whatever you need, when you shop with us you can be assured of expert, award winning service and advice that comes from 40 years of experience in retailing. We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to our store soon.  I hope that our discount helps your members purchase the right kit and equipment as they continue with their important and recognised service.

Please take a look at our online community which you will find on our website at  where outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities share advice, tips and experiences."

David Hague, Group Sales.

Makita continues to support SARAID in their mission


Makita has a long standing relationship, of over 13 years, with the NGO and British charity Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID). The tools Makita have donated to the team have formed some of the essential kit required to carry out their search and rescue operations.
Over 1.5 tonnes of the latest rescue equipment has accompanied the team including sound and vibration detection equipment and specialised search cameras to help locate trapped victims. Robust Makita reciprocating saws, chainsaws, high performance rotary drills, petrol disc cutters, hammer drills, and grinders are among their armoury which has helped team members tunnel into collapsed buildings and assist victims as quickly as possible in critical time scales.
The team also carries stretchers, medical kit, ropes, generators and satellite communications as well as their own food supplies.
Neil Botley (Construction Area Manager – Makita) commented.... "Many of these highly trained volunteers are experienced in using our equipment in their everyday lives as police officers, fire fighters and civil engineers. They will have undertaken specialist rescue training using techniques that will put our tools to the test. We have updated the machines for this new contract to include our most up-to-date technology including AVT and SJS 2 systems and are proud to continue supporting this great charity."

Gary Francis (SARAID National Director) said...
"On behalf of all the members of SARAID I would like to express my appreciation and thanks for the continued and generous support we have received over the years from Makita, not only in the supply of their outstanding and reliable power tools but also with the technical assistance and training they have given to team members to ensure that we get the very best out of their tools when working in extremely hostile conditions and enabling us to continue to save the lives of people affected by natural disasters around the world.

Members of SARAID are unpaid and have used holiday entitlement to allow them to deploy to Nepal. The team is fully recognised and registered as an Urban Search & Rescue team with the United Nations and the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group. The charity is funded solely by public donations and is on call 365 days a year to provide assistance, free of charge, to any country in need of their help.

Visit for more information about SARAID's excellent work. Follow them on Facebook: Saraid UK or Friends of SARAID and on Twitter: @team_saraid

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