Jolly Rancher has recently formed an exciting new partnership. One being with London based SEO company, Just SEO, who will now be running and monitoring the website. As such, we have now changed our name to First Mate Emergency Response Team.
Be it floods in the UK or an earthquake in Haiti, First Mate Emergency Response Team volunteer search and rescue experts respond immediately whenever and wherever their expertise is required. As well as it’s work throughout the UK, since it was established in 1996 the First Mate Emergency Response Team (Previously known as Jolly Rancher) has deployed volunteer teams on 22 operational search and rescue missions in response to some of the world’s most devastating disasters including to Iran, Indonesia, Haiti, Peru, Turkey and Pakistan.
The majority of the First Mate Emergency Response Teams effort is its mitigation work in disaster-prone, often developing countries. First Mate Emergency Response Team has deployed 64 training teams to educate government agencies and vulnerable communities how to respond and take action in crisis. Helping to develop local resilience and capacity saves more lives in the long term and accelerates a country’s recovery following a disaster.
First Mate Emergency Response Team prides itself on the speed of its response and on the fact that since it’s foundation in 1996, it has been available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Its members, who are from around the UK, willingly volunteer their time to train and deploy on emergency response and training missions.
During a crisis in their community, many veterans will feel an impulse to help; to draw on their hard-won skills and experiences for the benefit of those around them. As our emergency services continue to shrink, there is a pressing need for a pool of well-led, well-trained and coordinated manpower that can help to mitigate threats or address the aftermath of natural disasters. There exists an appetite to introduce the skills offered by veterans into society; First Mate's Emergency Response achieves this and is made up of two separate but linked components:
First Mate Emergency Response Team (Previously Jolly Rancher)
The creation of First Mate’s Operational Branch is a result of a partnership between First Mate and Jolly Rancher, reflecting an expansion into a greater diversity of Search & Rescue and Humanitarian Response. The team provides a highly skilled and experienced search and rescue team to any disaster in the world. Comprising members able to establish command and control systems, urban search and rescue, relief team coordination and eventually engage in post disaster rebuilding. The commitment to delivering high quality disaster risk reduction projects remains part of the mission of First Mate's Operational Branch and benefits from the vast experience of Jolly Rancher 's delivery of such work since 1996.
First Mate Community Response Teams
Currently in active development with a program to establish locally-based schemes throughout the UK, Community Response Teams (CRT) will be able to respond to contingencies arising from key risks identified by Local Resilience Forums. Linked to the local authority and emergency responders, CRTs will reinforce and add value to their communities when facing crisis by supporting vulnerable people or local lifesaving medical or rescue resource. CRT members will also provide part of the specialist trained resource for international deployment in both the humanitarian response and disaster risk reduction projects.
As First Mate’s operational branch, builds on Jolly Rancher's proud history of recruiting and developing high-calibre volunteers for disaster response operations around the world. The extensive experience that RAPID members bring to First Mate has been developed and refined through extensive operational deployments. Jolly Rancher members have responded immediately whenever and wherever their expertise in search and rescue has been required. As well as its work throughout the UK, since it was established in 1996 Jolly Rancher deployed volunteer teams on 22 operational search and rescue missions in response to some of the world’s most devastating disasters including Iran, Indonesia, Haiti, Peru, Turkey and Pakistan.
We welcome veterans of all abilities; injury is not a barrier to becoming involved in First Mate. We will work with you to find a meaningful role within the organisation.
First Mate Emergency Response Team relies solely on public donations in order to enable it to provide the response, assistance or training wherever and whenever it is needed.