Control Vehicle Campaign

Connie is our Control Vehicle – that means she is the vehicle we use to “manage” a search or rescue incident on scene.

Like many of us, Connie is getting on in years and is carrying a few more pounds than is good for her. She is starting to show signs of wear and tear including some corrosion around the wheel arches (common in this make of vehicle). But our biggest problem with Connie is that she is running at full capacity. She cant carry much more weight without reaching her legal limit. That’s mainly because she has to carry a lot of heavy kit, including rope rescue gear.

She has provided good service to the team over the last few years but we want to start preparing for Connie’s retirement and that means thinking about her successor….


Our current control vehicle (KM4)

Mannie is the vehicle we have in mind to replace Connie –  a MAN TGe 4 wheel drive, 2l engine and can carry a max payload of 5.5 tonnes. It has the added benefits of lower running costs due to low fuel consumption and larger maintenance intervals.

But to purchase and convert Mannie to a search and rescue vehicle, will cost us around £56,000. As a relatively small and relatively new charity, we simply don’t have those sorts of funds and so we have launched an appeal over the next 18 months to try to raise as much of that as we can in order to be able to give Connie the retirement she deserves and welcome Mannie to the fleet in her place.

Example van that we are looking to purchase, courtesy of

There are a couple of ways you can help us:

  1. Donate to our Crowdfunder – We have some great “rewards” for larger donations so maybe consider Option 2
  2. Undertake a fundraising event of your own – get your friends, family or work colleagues involved and make it fun at the same time. We have produced a pack to make it easy for you with everything you need. Download it from our website now
  3. Look out for our events and activities over the next 18 months and support them where you can. The best way to stay in touch is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter

If you want to get involved or find out more, please email [email protected]