Hitachi donates use of digger to develop mountain rescue team’s new base

HITACHI Construction Machinery UK has donated the use of a used ZX130LCN-7 to the Derby Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) to assist in the development of the organisation’s new base.

The DMRT is an emergency service on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and comprised entirely of unpaid volunteers. The search and rescue team serves the community and assists police in searching for missing and vulnerable people in the surrounding towns, hills and rivers.

The new base will allow the DMRT to enhance its operational capabilities, with Hitachi revealing that the ZX130LCN-7 is allowing the team to make ‘fantastic’ progress by clearing the site in a quick and effective manner, ready to dig the footings for the building.

David O Sullivan, press officer for the DMRT, said, “Undertaking a project like this is no small task, it takes a lot of planning, effort and capital to make something like this happen. We ordinarily rely on support from the community to cover our annual running costs, so we understand it’s a big ask for additional help at this time. With the help of suppliers like HCMUK, we are able to make substantial savings on the project, freeing up already raised funds and reducing the overall fundraising burden on the team. The first week’s progress is remarkable and we couldn’t do it without the support of our community.”

A valued customer of HCMUK, Joe Tipper works with the DMRT and added, “Our business is founded on building long-term authentic relationships with our customers by providing quality equipment and materials to make their lives easier and by playing an active role in the communities we work together in. It is fantastic to work with a supplier like Hitachi where those values align as demonstrated by the unrivalled performance of the excavators, we use on our hire fleet and their approach to supporting this fantastic project in the local community.”

Abbi Wilson, marketing manager at HCMUK, commented, “All of us here at HCMUK are thrilled to support the building works of the Derby Mountain Rescue Team’s new base through the use of one of our excavators. To know that our gesture is assisting such an important cause to the local communities in and around Derby is one we are proud of and wish the team the best of luck with the remaining development works.”