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Cautious welcome for rescue service.

A SPECIAL team set up to support the emergency services in crisis situations has been backed by Vale of Glamorgan MP John Smith.

The Cardiff and Vale Rescue Association (CAVRA) plans to help police, fire and ambulance services in emergencies such as flooding and searches for missing people.

Mr Smith met Barry coastguard Ivor Davies, founder member of CAVRA, to offer his support for the group.

Mr Davies has received funding from the National Lottery and hopes to "go live" in the near future.

"We have had great support from Western Power, which has allowed us to set up an emergency radio transmitter on one of its sites, " he said.

Mr Smith said: "CAVRA sounds like a great idea.

Ivor has clearly done a lot of work and has some excellent plans.

"I look forward to the project going on-line."

The idea has received a cautious welcome from the emergency services, which have asked for more information about assistance what CAVRA can offer.

A spokesman for South Wales Fire Service said:

"We would want to investigate the idea further and have talks with Mr Davies about the details.

"The people involved would have to have the proper training.

"We would have to look closely at what they could do for us, what areas they would be involved in and the costs involved."

But a spokesman for Barry Police said: "Any help is welcome."

He added: "We would want to discuss the matter further but it might be useful in certain areas such as dealing with flooding."

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HELPFUL Ivor Davies, left, with Vale MP John Smith.
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