New emergency response team for Gosberton

The Rev Ian Walters is trained to be in an emergency team when 999 crews deal with disasters. SG190313-147TW
The Rev Ian Walters is trained to be in an emergency team when 999 crews deal with disasters. SG190313-147TW
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An emergency response team is being set up in Gosberton to deal with disasters like floods or major crashes.

An emergency response team is being set up in Gosberton to deal with disasters like floods or major crashes.

I have been trained to be part of a team called in when the emergency services are potentially dealing with disasters, including road, rail and air disasters, as well as floods and indeed terrorist attacks.

The Rev Ian Walters

The team will come under the umbrella of Gosberton Community Action Team (GCAT), a community interest company with a wide-ranging brief to build a stronger, more caring community and boost activities for people of all ages.

Its chairman, the Rev Ian Walters, is an inter-faith chaplain for Lincolnshire.

He says: “I have been trained to be part of a team called in when the emergency services are potentially dealing with disasters, including road, rail and air disasters, as well as floods and indeed terrorist attacks. The latter are on the agenda as possible even for Lincolnshire.

“Emergency services and others are being trained to deal with all these so it’s only right we be prepared for anything like this.

“One of our residents who has a military background and attends the GCAT meetings is working to get our own emergency response team up and running.”

GCAT is looking for volunteer drivers from Gosberton, Clough and Risegate and Surfleet to get involved in hospital transport.

Mr Walters said there is a patients’ transport initiative in Donington and other parts of South Holland and Gosberton wants to do “its bit” by finding volunteers rather than just take advantage of the existing service.

GCAT is working hard on plans to open a community centre to serve as a communications hub, which would also include a place where residents can meet together socially.

Mr Walters said: “We envisage a coffee shop open daily and a place where community projects are coordinated and organised – also a storage and distribution depot for the Agape Food Bank, a small book exchange library and other things.

“All of this is to encourage and support our community to be a place where people are positive about living and feel good about being a part of what is going on.”

GCAT has launched a new Gosberton website that’s packed with information.

And GCAT is also looking at new under 18s activities to bring to the village and is engaged in talks with Air, Army and Sea and Marine Cadets, Young Farmers, St John Ambulance, Scouts and various martial arts groups.

Previously ...

Great start for GCAT’s dream for Gosberton