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VCHD Cargo continues its support of first responders

The Czech transport company VCHD Cargo has extended its support of the Czech SAR Team, a voluntary first responder organisation dedicated to search and rescue of missing or lost persons and assistance during emergency situations. This year, VCHD Cargo’s financial support will be used to purchase a special rescue trailer.

“We started supporting the Czech SAR Team in 2019 at the initiative of one of our employees who devotes his free time to serve as part of the organisation’s rescue team,” says Ing. Petr Kozel, the Chairman of the VCHD Cargo, a.s. Board of Directors. Last year, VCHD Cargo provided funds for the purchase of medical material. This year, the company will contribute towards the purchase of a special rescue trailer designed for transport of rescued individuals from remote locations. “Last year alone, the Czech SAR Team carried out over 60 missions, often in dense wooded areas inaccessible for regular search-and-rescue equipment. This year, we decided, since we are a transport company, to help the first responders acquire equipment that will help them transport injured, exhausted or disoriented people in difficult terrain, Petr Kozel explains.

The Czech SAR Team is an independent search-and-rescue association. Its core mission is to search for missing or lost individuals in all parts of the Czech Republic with the help of all-terrain vehicles and other special devices used by the team’s members. The association works in close partnership with the Integrated Rescue System during natural disasters including floods, forest fires, etc. VCHD Cargo has supported numerous non-profit initiatives for many years and in 2020 decided to provide a total of CZK 50,000 to the Czech SAR Team.

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We protect our drivers – we protect all of us!

For several weeks, new measures have been in place at VCHD Cargo in connection with the spread of COVID-19. Our drivers are just behind the first line, which is, in terms of the risk of infectious of the disease, undoubtedly formed by paramedics, doctors and defence forces. Every day, our people drive through the whole of Europe and take the risk in the areas affected by the disease. They ensure that stores and e-shops are fully supplied. They are often exposed to contacts with unknown people on the road, during loading and unloading. By protecting them, we are actually protecting all of us. We take measures that minimize the risk of infection and its spread.

We are tirelessly looking for protective equipment – we have purchased hundreds of masks and respirators as well as dozens of plastic respirators with replacement filters, 1.5 thousand disposable latex gloves, 40 litres of disinfectants and 70 litres of antibacterial gels (and it is really not easy to get those). Also a plastic respirator with filters, which we put in all our 156 vehicles in the past is today’s big advantage.

We have purchased ozone generators for each branch, which are now used to efficiently clean and destroy viruses and bacteria for our entire fleet of trucks and company premises. In total, we have invested more than 10.000 EUR in protective means (and we will of course continue doing so).

We also want to thank CESMAD (Czech hauliers association), where we were one of the first to pick up masks and respirators, and last but not least, an employee of Bohemia Plast (who is our neighbour in Kladno), who sewed our drivers dozens of masks.

We have also set up new measures for administrative staff and their protection – we have introduced contactless handover of documents and sent most of our staff to work from home. We believe that all these measures in society and in companies, together with the responsibility of each of us, will contribute to slowing down and stopping the spread of this new coronavirus.

We are also troubled by a number of negative effects on our work. This is particularly a slow, lax approach in some countries, although with the advancing virus, the situation in wearing masks has improved. Yet smoking corners with 10-15 smokers are still very common in Germany. Equally negative is the opposite extreme. Total isolation, which some have explained by locking toilets, showers, canteens. This is very bad news for our drivers, who are daily on the road and transporting the goods for the people. Yet our drivers are doing a great job and we are grateful to them.

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Helping first responders & supporting drivers

VCHD Cargo has supported charitable and grassroots initiatives for many years but this time we found a project that really pulled at our heartstrings. We were approached by one of our drivers who in his spare time participates in the SAR project and helps in search-and-rescue efforts in inaccessible locations. We immediately thought “this is it!” – this is exactly the kind of project we want to support and if one of our colleagues is involved, even better!

The Czech SAR Team is an independent SAR (Search and Rescue) organisation dedicated to searching for lost and missing persons throughout the Czech Republic using all terrain vehicles and other equipment available to the team. The team also assists the Integrated Emergency System during emergency events such as floods, forest fires, etc. Thanks to special equipment, members of the Czech SAR Team are able to transport people in a critical condition (injuries or life-threatening conditions) in inaccessible terrain, thus helping making sure the person gets professional medical treatment as soon as possible. The team also works with trained rescue dogs and is usually able to respond to an emergency within 60 minutes, unless the team is already assisting in another case.

We are proud that we have a chance to support such a unique project, which, moreover, involves our drivers. We hope that will continue to do an amazing job. After all, who else but an experienced driver can find his way in tense situations and in difficult terrain.

Categories New-posts, Social responsibility


At the end of 2015, VCHD was actively involved in a social project, which helped with a purchase of a new car Dacia Dokker, intended for Michle´s sanatorium.

The ceremony took place on 15th of December 2015 with the participation of VCHD’s representatives.

We take it as a commitment and a promise, that in the forthcomming years, we will look for any opportunities that could help us become even more socially involved company.