Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2007

We are pleased to announce that the team has been nominated for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2007.

As part of this nomination we were visited this evening by the Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Eric Davidson, to carry out a Local Assessment of the team as part of the nomination process.

The team was nominated by David Crausby, Member of Parliament for Bolton North East, a stalwart supporter of the team, the nomination was also supported by Derek Cartwright of the North West Ambulance Service and Dr. Bisset of the Royal Bolton Hospital.

20 callout list members were on hand and 5 members of our Support Group, to meet Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Eric Davidson during his visit to the team.

The Deputy Lieutenant spent a long time interviewing our Team Leader, Deputy Leader, Chairman, Vice President (immediate past-Chairman), and our Training Officer, going into such things as the history of the team, our funding, our development, and our operational profile amongst many other aspects.

He then went on to be given a conducted tour of our base and a demonstration in the garage of our current vehicle fleet and some of the search and rescue equipment that we carry. The Deputy Lieutenant, Lieutenant Colonel (rtd) Eric Davidson mentioned that he was very impressed with everything he had seen and commented in our base visitors book that he found “all members to be keen, and they are to be congratulated on their enthusiasm.”

The team will now be put forward for the local selection process, thence the central selection process, and then a final reccomendation before the notification of results on the 2nd June 2007. We have got this far and keep our fingers crossed that we can meet all the assessment criteria for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.