Did you know that more than 60% of our products are exported overseas? There are countless rescue organisations across the globe, many struggling to find financial support and sponsorship.
Every day, we read so many stories of heroism. From volunteer firefighters battling wildfires spanning hundreds of miles or rescue teams struggling to save lives after a volcanic eruption, to water rescue teams out on the Mediterranean rescuing stricken refugees trying to escape to a better life.
We want to help.
We asked a previous recipient, Max Coulson, Unit Manager, Port Lincoln State Emergency Service (Eyre Peninsula) what he thought about the application process and how winning had impacted his team. He said:
"To all State Emergency Service units and fire organisations applying for the Volunteer Heroes fund through Ruth Lee, it is a simple process and won't take too much of your time up.
Winning the Volunteer Heroes fund last year, we were fortunate to receive a general duty manikin and a marine rescue manikin.
The unit has been able take our high risk training to another level for our volunteers.
Port Lincoln State Emergency Service receive requests for assistance (RFA) in the following areas Land Search, Marine Rescue (offshore & inshore) Vertical Rescue, Road Crash Rescue and USAR.
So take time now to follow the link to the Volunteer Heroes fund and submit your application.
Applications closed on 31st March 2021 and we will announce our Volunteer Hero recipients in April 2021.
Like our National fund, the International Volunteer Heroes Fund is dedicated to providing support to volunteer teams who are in need of financial support.
Our Distributors will be nominating rescue teams, but we would encourage applications from volunteer rescue organisations who feel their work is in need of support.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR FUNDING?
Simply apply via the online application form below. We want you to tell us more about your team, what you would like to purchase and ultimately, why your team deserve the funding.
There's no catch, simply tell us why you need support by the deadline 31st March 2021, and in April 2021 we will select recipients of the Ruth Lee Volunteer Heroes Fund. We will also promote your endeavours to others through PR and publicity materials - hopefully encouraging further support from other sponsors.
Using the form below, provide details about your team, the work you do and what you would purchase with part of this fund. You can apply for up to £5,000 but likewise, if it is just £1,000 you need for a certain purchase, let us know, as we can then split the fund between a number of worthwhile causes. You can also request manikins if your team needs them for training!
2020 - Bombeiros Penela - Volunteer Penela Fire Brigade - Received Adult and Child Duty Range Manikin
Bombeiros Penela is a volunteer Fire Brigade located in Penela, Portugal prepared and equipped to help the wounded and sick and to protect in any other way, the life and property of the inhabitants of the municipality of Penela.
2020 - Saaremaa Vabatahtlik Merepääste Selts - Saaremaa Voluntary Sea Rescue Society - Received £1,500
Established in 2013, Saaremaa Volunteer Sea Rescue Society's aim is to ensure and increase maritime safety in coastal waters, and to develop maritime rescue capabilities in Saare County, Estonia.
2020 - Hiiumaa Vabatahtlik Merepääste Selts - MTÜ Hiiumaa Volunteer Sea Rescue Society - Received 2 x Search and Rescue Manikins
MTÜ Hiiumaa Volunteer Sea Rescue Society brings together volunteer lifeguards and also deals with prevention work, all in Hiiumaa, Estonia.
2020 - Bomberos Voluntarios De Tegueste - Volunteer Fire and Rescue Tegueste - Received £1,000
Bomberos Voluntarios Tegueste is a fire station in Tegueste located on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.
2020 - German Red Cross, District Association Bonn, Team West - Received Adult and Child Duty Range Manikin
As a part of the disaster relief organizations, the German Red Cross, Team West provide medical service for lots of large scale events in Bonn. Lasy year, Team West were deployed at several mass casualty events like major railway accidents, the high floods of the river Rhine and Elbe, storms and two years in a row when severe thunderstorms and lightning strikes hit a music festival, causing high numbers of casualties.
2020 - Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Brandenberg - Brandenberg Volunteer Fire Brigade - Received £1,500
The "Freiwilligen Feuerwehr Brandenberg" is a volunteer fire briage based in Brandenberg, Austria, founded on July 20th, 1906.
2020 - Nucleo Fluviale F.V.G - Received Man Overboard Manikin
The Nucleo Fluviale F.V.G is an Italian river and aquatic rescue association born from a group of friends who share a passion for various water activities such as rafting, canoeing and canyoning.
2019 - Groupe Montagne des Sapeurs Pompiers de la Drôme - Received £1,000
Groupe Montagne des Sapeurs Pompiers de la Drôme are a team of rescue workers operating in a mountainous region to carry out mountain rescue, ski rescue, climbing rescues and some USAR.
2019 - Coober Pedy Mine Rescue - Received £500
Coober Pedy Mine Rescue are a specialist rescue team operating in a area famed for Opal mining. They assist with all manner of rescues, from underground caving, general above ground SAR and flood support to assisting the ambulance during highway accidents.
2019 - Marine Rescue Bermagui - Received £500
Marine Rescue Bermagui is tasked with providing 24 hour coverage 365 days a year and is a fully volunteer branch. They called upon to assist vessels in trouble on the sea, which may be a fisherman who has engine problems and requires a tow back to harbour to participating in a full search and rescue of a missing vessel and persons.
2018 - Hatley Volunteer Fire Department - Received Multi Trauma Manikin
The Hatley Volunteer Fire Department was established August 1st, 1978 to provide professional rate fire protection service from a group of well trained firemen. We have since grown to maintain two stations, six pieces of apparatus, and over 30 active members thanks to the hard work and determination of our community.
The team form part of the Monroe County SAR.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS TEAM: CLICK HERE
2018 - Port Lincoln State Emergency Service (Australia) - Received 1 x Man Overboard manikin and 1 x Youth Duty Manikin
Port Lincoln State Emergency Service volunteers respond to local Marine and Land emergency calls but also provide support Search and Rescue Services for the whole of the Lower Eyre Peninsula heading North to Cowell across west to Cleve, Lock, Elliston, Streaky Bay and 400km to the Far West to Ceduna. They also provide local instructions to support other SES Units.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS TEAM - CLICK HERE
2018 - Gymnasium Centro Studi e Formazione (Italy) - Received Manikin TBC
A team of aquatic rescuers and instructors involved in pool and beach life guarding. They also provide drowning prevention, lifeguard training and CPR projects within high schools, prisons, to people with intellectual disabilities and young immigrants.
2018 - Order of Malta Ambulance Corp, Sligo Unit (Ireland) - Received Duty Plus Manikin
The Sligo Unit of the Order of Malta spends most of the year attending festivals and sporting events. On certain occasions the unit partakes in light rescue operations during key events such as the annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage on Reek Sunday. This event sees the unit operating alongside Mountain rescue teams and other statutory services.
2018 - Swift Water Rescue Team Toscana (Italy) - Received 1 x Adult and 1 x toddler SAR manikins
The SWRTT intervenes at the request of the civil protection authorities in emergency scenarios.
2018 - Associação Humanitária dos Bombeiros Voluntários De Cacilhas (Portugal) - Received £500
A volunteer unit inside the fire brigade, they assist with many kinds of rescue including road traffic accidents.
2018 - Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters - International Resilience Team - Received £1,000
The International Resilience Team of Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters.
The IRT responds to the aftermath of natural disasters world-wide, including earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, mudslides and flooding. The IRT based and training the UK and will deploy in the UK and abroad. This team might be locating and extracting casualties from collapsed buildings and mudslides or rescuing people from floodwater and is on standby 365 days a year. The team also surveys and records buildings affected by these disasters and provides general structural engineering and medical advice to host countries.
2017 - Swift Water Rescue Team Toscana (Italy) - Received £1,000
Awarded £1,000 towards the cost of purchasing a new rescue boat
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TEAM: www.swrttoscana.it
2017 - Palmerston North Rescue Emergency Support Team (New Zealand) - Received £500
Awarded £500 towards the cost of purchasing a ‘white-water’ style raft to use in flood situations.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TEAM: www.facebook.com/nzrt4
2017 - Hutt City Emergency Response Team (New Zealand - Received £500
Awarded £500 towards the cost of purchasing PFDs and Throw Bags for flood rescue.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE TEAM: www.facebook.com/NZRT18
2017 - Geraldine Road Crash Response Team (New Zealand) - Received Multi-Trauma Manikin
The Geraldine Road Crash Rescue Team is a group of Fire Service and St Johns members with an interest in improving extrication techniques and patient care.
2017 - St. John Rescue Corps (Malta) - Received 70Kg Fire House Manikin
The Corps assists and provides cover at events such as in the Isle of MTV, Malta National Marathon, Drag Racing Duties, various activities organised by the office of the President, Clean ups and events organised by other NGOs. The Corps also partakes in educational events about water rescue, high angle rescue as well as fire awareness and fire fighting together with voluntary organisations and other groups.