South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA)

We would appreciate immediate publication of this piece in advance of our annual collection day in Clonmel on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October.

We would appreciate immediate publication of this piece in advance of our annual collection day in Clonmel on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October.

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association (SEMRA) is an emergency 24/ 7/ 365 , voluntary Search and Rescue team covering all the mountains of the South East of Ireland.The team consists of 38 experienced unpaid volunteers trained to professional standards,many of whom live in the Tipperary region. On Friday 21st and Sat 22nd October our annual collection will be held in Clonmel town centre.

Within the last week alone, SEMRA responded to three callouts in the Galtee mountains. As well as responding to search and rescue emergencies, our team assists those cut off by weather - we bring food and supplies , transport elderly and severely ill patients to hospitals and rescue motorists trapped by sudden and severe snowstorms. Mountain Rescue services in Ireland are provided free of charge to those in need of assistance.

According to SEMRA team leader Michael Power “The operating costs of a Mountain Rescue Team are, as you can imagine, quite significant. All of the equipment used by the team has a finite ‘shelf life’, and therefore needs to be replaced on an ongoing basis. Add to this the cost of vehicle maintenance, diesel ,training, insurance etc. and it’s easy to see how costs can mount. Our running costs are met by a government grant and the balance (about two thirds) by donations and fundraising. This year our government funding has been cut by 40% which we need to replace by extra fundraising. “

South Eastern Mountain Rescue Association has responded to 15 callouts so far in 2011.