Open Day for new Mountain Rescue Base at Laragh

29th March 2012

Glen of Imaal – Open Day for new Mountain Rescue Base

Following the Open Day at the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Base, Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow Andrew Doyle has commended the commitment of the “Glen Team” in building Ireland’s first purpose built mountain rescue base achieved entirely through voluntary effort and dedication.

“The attendance at the Open Day demonstrated the level of awareness and appreciation of Mountain Rescue teams who perform a vital role in providing a professional mountain rescue service for those who find themselves in need of assistance in the Wicklow mountains.

With the increase in the use of mountainous areas for recreational use and the emphasis on tourism as a driver of economic recovery, the continued and improved provision of this service in Wicklow is hugely important. Rescue statistics confirm the increased popularity of walking and general outdoor pursuits and reflect to an extent also the numbers who venture out without adequate preparation.

In carrying out their duties, the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team works in conjunction with a variety of agencies including the Irish Coast Guard, the Gardai, the Air Corps, Civil Defence, HSE ambulance service as well as the Dublin Wicklow Mountain Rescue team; with all team members giving their time on a voluntary basis and relying on public generosity for their operations.

“The new base located at Trooperstown is a testament to the drive and commitment of the members of the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team. It has taken almost 2 years of fundraising and construction and many more years in planning to bring this to reality. This dedicated facility will enhance and improve the ability of the team’s response to emergency situations and I wish them the best of luck in their continued endeavours.”