RAPID UK has now formed a partnership with Serve On and has now changed its name to Serve On Emergency Response Team.
Be it floods in the UK or an earthquake in Haiti, Serve On 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 Serve On Emergency Response Team (Previously known as RAPID UK) 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 Serve On Emergency Response Teams effort is its mitigation work in disaster-prone, often developing countries. Serve On 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.
Serve On 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; Serve On's Emergency Response achieves this and is made up of two separate but linked components:
Serve On Emergency Response Team (Previously RAPID UK)
The creation of Serve On’s Operational Branch is a result of a partnership between Serve On and RAPID UK, 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 Serve On's Operational Branch and benefits from the vast experience of RAPID UK 's delivery of such work since 1996.
Serve On 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 Serve On’s operational branch, builds on RAPID UK'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 Serve On has been developed and refined through extensive operational deployments. RAPID UK 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 RAPID UK 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 Serve On. We will work with you to find a meaningful role within the organisation.
Serve On 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.