Reach and Rescue are extremely thrilled to announce that Director Jo Taylor has been awarded an MBE in recognition of her services to safeguarding in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours.
Reach and Rescue's equipment co-developed between Jo, Sean Burke and UK Fire and Rescue Services remains the only one of its kind worldwide and is saving lives in 48 countries by enabling emergency services, search and rescue teams, charities, the public and more to conduct swifter and directionally-accurate rescues by retrieving casualties from safe distances - minimising the danger posed to themselves whilst significantly boosting casualty survival chances.
Without Reach and Rescue’s comprehensive range of long-reach telescopic rescue poles, now up to 20m in length, these individuals would need to dive into the water in an attempt to save those in danger putting themselves at extreme risk. To date, Reach and Rescue's equipment has prevented the deaths of 50+ people during potentially life-threatening situations, including professional and volunteer lifesavers.
Jo’s collaborative focus towards ensuring organisations work together to deliver positive change resulted in Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Bedfordshire and Luton Councils coming together to install Reach and Rescue’s Portsafe public access rescue systems across local public waterways. The system saved a life just two days after installation.
Jo also led the joining up of the Canal & River Trust and regional Fire Services, which have installed her public access water rescue solution in over 50 UK locations – including 20 at high-risk locations across reservoirs in Greater Manchester.
Reach and Rescue also provides support and services to multiple charities; Jo donated a Portsafe to the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS UK). Her 1-2-1 work with Watersafe UK also revolutionised how they undertake water rescues – with Jo’s equipment saving 12 lives during the last year alone.
Reach and Rescue has also developed a bespoke solution for the RSPCA that prevents their animal rescue teams from entering hazardous areas. Every animal collection volunteer – 550 in total – now carry a specialist Reach and Rescue Animal Rescue Kit, which is used daily to rescue animals trapped in impossible to reach areas.
Commenting on Jo’s MBE, Reach and Rescue Marketing Manager Stuart Glover says: “The whole team at Reach and Rescue are delighted that Jo’s outstanding achievements have been recognised. She has built Reach and Rescue into an organisation that is known worldwide for its quality equipment and expertise.”
“Reach and Rescue’s revolutionary equipment has undergone widespread innovation since its inception but, most importantly, Jo’s commitment to safeguarding the lives of those who find themselves in peril has never wavered. The actual number of lives she’s potentially saved through operatives using Reach and Rescue equipment to avoid entering danger themselves is immeasurable.”