Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation (MIRO) have recently taken delivery of a new tractor and are hoping the public can come up with a name for the bright red Kubota.
MIRO were allocated £15,592.45 from the 2019/20 Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund to support the purchase of this tractor and five dry suits. The tractor will be used to launch and recover their rescue boat, the Glyn Whitehead III, during the winter months when the boat is stored in the boatyard at Findhorn Marina. The tractor will also be used with a trailer to collect fuel from the filling station at Kinloss.
Chairman John Low, said: “The new tractor will enable our crew to safely launch the MIRO rescue boat in the winter months when the dry dock and pontoon are off the water.
“We recently purchased 10 dry suits with an award from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. The additional five suits funded by the Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund will mean that all of our crew will be equipped with new suits, thus enhancing their safety when responding to emergency call-outs.”
MIRO are hoping that the general public might help with the naming of the new tractor. Anyone who would like to suggest a name can email their suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form below by 25 May 2020. MIRO crew will be asked to vote on the proposed names to select a name for the tractor and the decision will be announced on 1 June.
Crew training in isolation
The Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Fund’s core purpose is to support the work of charities that operate lifeboats with capital spending to maintain and enhance the operational capacity of rescue boats and their crews.
MIRO operations manager, Peter Mackenzie, said: “Whilst our weekly crew training has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic and current guidelines on social distancing, our volunteers continue to update and maintain their skills and knowledge individually. Our crew are ready to respond should MIRO be tasked to assist in an emergency situation.”
Members of the public who wish to make a donation to MIRO can do so by clicking on the Virgin Money Giving box on www.morayinshorerescue.org