Norman Walker and Atlas Copco help keep Humber Rescue afloat

Norman Walker (a division of Pennine Pneumatic Services Ltd), supported by Atlas Copco UK, has donated a brand-new air compressor to Humber Rescue. The air compressor is used to maintain the correct pressure in the lifeboats as well as tractor and trailer tyres, keeping them fit for service. With an average of 110 call outs a year, in a life-saving situation Humber Rescue need kit they can rely on to work when they need it. Following a breakdown, on their old compressor, Sam Willis of Humber Rescue contacted Norman Walker to see if they could help.

The team at Norman Walker have been supporting Humber Rescue since 2021 when they made a donation at Christmas in lieu of giving out corporate gifts. After receiving the call from Humber Rescue, Norman Walker Engineer Wayne Batty attended the site. A motor failure on their ageing piston compressor meant it was time to replace it with a new one.

“We are delighted to have the support of Norman Walker at Humber Rescue. It’s great knowing they believe in Humber Rescue and the values we stand for. Without support from companies like Norman Walker, we wouldn’t be able to survive, there wouldn’t be any launches and no lives saved.,” commented Sam Willis of Humber Rescue.

“Norman Walker’s recent donation of an Atlas Copco air compressor will keep our boats inflated, along with inflating the tyres of our launching tractor and trailers. Without this important piece of equipment our boats simply wouldn’t be able to launch.”

Now installed and commissioned, the new Atlas Copco 2kW Automan compressor (AC31E200M) is perfectly suited for life by the Humber as the Automan range is built around user safety and reliability. With ongoing service and maintenance provided free of charge by Norman Walker, this compressor will be a reliable workhorse for years to come.

It may not be the biggest use of compressed air, but it is one that can have a life-saving impact.

More about Humber Rescue

Established in 1990, Humber Rescue is an independent charity that supplies fast-response search and rescue operations on the Humber Estuary. From animal rescue and missing people, to supporting the police and coastguard, they provide vital emergency response for the Humber and its surrounding waterways. They are the busiest independent lifeboat in the UK, covering approximately 540 square miles of water including the River Hull, Trent, Ouse and the River Humber. 

The crew of 27 volunteers attended 104 callouts in 2022 and are kept afloat by donations from the general public and companies in the region.

For more information on Humber Rescue and to find out how you can get involved and support the charity please visit

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