Wicklow Fine Gael Minister Simon Harris attended the 40th anniversary celebrations for the Red Cross Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue Team yesterday along with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to honour to the incredible work the Mountain Rescue Team has done.
Speaking of the event, Minister Harris said “I am delighted to be able to attend such an important celebration along with Commissioner Harris, to mark the dedication of the Glen of Imaal’s volunteers. Despite the team consisting entirely of volunteers, the Glen of Imaal team operate a twenty-four-seven, three-hundred and sixty-five days a year service. The professionalism displayed by the Glen of Imaal team can be clearly seen from the amount of lives saved since its foundation.”
“While operating in tandem with An Garda Siochána, the Glen of Imaal team work in some of the most arduous conditions, striving to protect and safeguard the vast number of people who visit the Wicklow Mountains on a regular basis.”
“Developments in technology have assisted the Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue team, but I was genuinely surprised to hear that they are responsible for 110 rescues every year, that means there are lives saved every year by the work the volunteers do”
“The Wicklow Mountains contain some of our county’s most iconic landmarks and spectacular natural reserves, however it is vital that we take the safety concerns seriously”. Minister Harris concluded.