DDMC

Rescue

The Darlington Motor Club now has two Motor Sport Rescue Units. The club made the decision in 2003 that as it was becoming apparent that obtaining Rescue Units to cover the clubs activities was becoming more and more difficult, to build their own unit.
The club approached Simon Bailes of "Simon Bailes Peugeot", a club member and competitor with the club to supply a suitable vehicle that could be converted into a Rescue Unit. A 2002 Peugeot Boxer 2.8HDI was acquired in September 2003 and work set about to convert the vehicle ready for the 2004 season. The club was organising the 2003 Rallycross Superprix in the November when a call was received to say that the rescue unit that had been booked had broken down on the way to the event. Our vehicle had that weekend had all the electrical work and graphics completed but yet to be converted inside to carry all the required equipment. It was despatched to meet the stricken vehicle and all their equipment was transfered into our unit and so saved the event.
Since 2003 the vehicle has covered events for Motor Clubs at Croft, Oliver's Mount, Elvington, Knockhill, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Silverstone.
At the beginning of 2007 a decision was made to increase the fleet to the current two unts and while we were looking for the right vehicle, through one of our life members Mr. David Dalton, "Northgate Vehicle Solutions" agreed to donate a vehicle to the club and so "Rescue 2", a LWB Mercedes Sprinter was acquired and again the conversion process started. The conversion process was planned to a completion date when we received a call from a club that we were providing our other unit for asking had we booked the second unit. This was not in the original script so then it was a case of could we have the Mercedes ready two weeks ahead of schedule. It was a tall order but by having the final items delivered to the circuit one hour before the start of practice it was completed, the saying was "We have all the equipment, but not necessarily in the right place!".
In 2010 we decided to retire and sell the Peugeot which had served us well since 2004, transfering all the equipment and adding some new items to a new Mercedes Sprinter 316 LWB Hi-Roof. Photgraphs below show the vehicle.
This year we have retired KX04 to the role of NSSCC hospitality unit complete with an awning to make a cental point for our competitors to meet at race meetings.
On the scene now comes another Mercedes Sprinter 316 LWB Hi-Roof but this time with factory 4 wheel drive, photograghs below shoe the new vehicle which is around 5" higher ground clearence than a 2 wheel drive model.
The vehicles themselves are required to be licensed by the controlling body of UK Motorsport, the Motor Sports Association (MSA). The MSA regulations specify the equipment to be carried by a Rescue Unit. It could best be described as a cross between an Ambulance and a Fire Tender, carrying a comprehensive amount of medical equipment together with tools specifically designed to assist in removing a trapped driver from a vehicle.
The Rescue Units are manned entirely by unpaid volunteers who give up their own time travelling with the vehicles, providing rescue and medical cover at motorsport events.
All crew members are required to hold current MSA Rescue licences, and some have added to this basic requirement by taking additional courses, usually in their own time.
Persons interested in becoming members of the Rescue Crew should contact the club.


Rescue News

Picture Galleries

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DDMC RESCUE UNITS

Photographs of the Clubs two Rescue Units.

Rescue 1
Rescue 1
Rescue 1
Rescue 2
Rescue 2
Rescue 2

New Rescue 1

How we build a new Rescue Unit.
1-4. Buy a suitable vehicle.
5. Add some racking.
6. Add some extra seating.
7 & 8. Add some suitable lighting.
9-11. Add some vinyl markings.

Purchase suitable vehicle
Purchase suitable vehicle
Purchase suitable vehicle
Purchase suitable vehicle
Add some racking
Add an extra seat or two
Add some lighting
Add some lighting
Add some vinyl markings
Add some vinyl markings
Add some vinyl markings

2011 Training Day

A selection of pictures from the recent training day taken by Craig Hope.

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Contact Details

email: rescue@darlington-motor-club.org.uk

For general contact details for Darlington and District Motor Club, please see our Contact Us page.