Chayfn Grove Year 8 children travelled to Chilmark to spend the day in the company of Dan Cooke and his team at ServeOn. Dan works for two remarkable charity-based enterprises - ServeOn and Team Rubicon UK - and is responsible for leading operations and training of a group of elite volunteer international rescuers who, at literally a moment's notice, will travel to disasters at home or overseas and do whatever is required to save lives. They have been active in many parts of the world including Haiti and the Philippines, dealing with floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
The Chafyn children were incredibly lucky to meet some of the team, use some of their specialist equipment and have a glimpse at some of the training the team undertake on a regular basis. Activities included: learning how to run a base of operations, mapping a tunnel, planning and carrying out a search of a damaged building, rescuing a casualty and practising the rescue of people in water. They were also given some background information about the team's latest project - to help rebuild a school in the Philippines where, at present, the children literally live amongst the rubbish.
A huge vote of thanks goes to Dan and the team; although they do run team-building experiences for outside organisations, these are not normally accessible to school children and our day was by very special arrangement through Mrs Rogers from Chafyn Grove, who has known Dan since their University days.
Chafyn Grove is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 3-13 years.