We have three vehicles and we spend lots of time in the search van. Each person on the SSU has different areas of responsibility so our kit is maintained as everything gets used quite intensively. Darran looks after the search van and everything on it; he replaces search kit as it gets used, books in repairs and servicing with the workshop and attends to any other matters. The vehicle itself is maintained by Terry and his team at Chichester Workshops (see ‘Our relationship with Chichester Workshop’).
In the video below you can meet Darran and see some of the search kit and the inside of the search van at our Base. This was recorded on the morning of Thursday the 8th December but as I was about to post it on my blog we got called out on a job and went to a mannequin hanging in a tree in Wineham in Mid Sussex. As a result of the strange mannequin job I wrote ‘Another random SSU day’.
We use the search van for all searches of houses and other premises and open areas where we don’t need to search water, confined spaces or other specialist areas. It’s getting a bit old now and is due for replacement but we all fit inside, it never lets us down and we’re rather fond of it.