Bay Search and Rescue is operated as a charity and was founded in 1999. The team is committed to providing all-terrain rescue vehicle support on and around the 'unique' Morecambe Bay, Lake District and North Lancashire area to HM Coastguard, North West Ambulance Service, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, Cumbria Police, Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service and Lancashire Constabulary, via joint MOU partnership agreements.
Bay Search and Rescue specialises in rescue and recovery from quicksand, swiftwater, floodwater, snow and ice using our fleet of Hagglund BV206 all terrain amphibious rescue vehicles, 4x4's, support vehicles and trained personnel. We also search for missing persons, and assist the fire services with large animal rescue and wildfire incident support.
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We are on CBBC Hero Squad
An interesting experience for everyone. The children picked in the series to spend time with a range of Rescue Teams around the UK got to learn quicksand rescue techniques and how to drive a Hagglund. We had to teach them... So 6 tons of tracked articulated left hand drive rescue vehicle and no dual controls, and kids who had never driven before. Interesting... However it all turned out well and everyone had a great time, so check it out on CBBC.
Youth team for 12-17 year olds
In January 2013 we introduced a new Youth team, run by Helen and Dave from our operational team, with initial help from Cumbria Youth Alliance with safe guarding policy’s and CRB's. It is open to anyone between the ages of 12-17 who would like to join a fun and exciting team with training leading to some nationally recognised qualifications. For more information see the Youth Team Page or contact Helen or Mike.
Milnthorpe Charity Shop
Following the successful launch of our Grange Charity shop we have now opened a second larger Bay SAR Charity Shop on Beetham Road in Milnthorpe (was Bob Parratt Country Wear), with a lovely big car park front and back. If you have any donations of furniture, clothes, working electricals, toys, DVDs or books for stock you can drop these off Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. If you would like to volunteer to help in the shop for a few hours a week please call in and speak to Sue. You can also email Sue or phone 015395 64254.
Charity Shop in Grange
Our charity shop is open on Kents Bank Road in Grange over Sands from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Please call in and say hello and maybe pick up a bargain from the huge range of items kindly donated. Find out more by clicking the link below. You can also order BSAR branded gift items online, and all proceeds to to the Charity
Hagglund 3 moves to Penrith
Bay Search and Rescue is very pleased to announce a further step forward working with Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service as BSAR Hagglund 3 and its 28ft covered transporter truck are now based at Penrith Fire Station over the winter months.
This will allow a much faster response time in the event of snow and extreme weather callouts where the 18 seater Hagglund which was originally designed as as snow mobile provides fast safe evacuation of stranded drivers, as well as being capable of vehicle recovery operations. The Hagglund and BSAR team also provide a support role to frontline firefighters during wild fires and floods.
BSAR now sharing Lancs Fire Station at Bolton le Sands
We are very pleased to announce that we have now located one of our Hagglund Rescue Vehicles in Bolton Le Sands Fire Station, building on our working relationship with Lancs Fire & Rescue assisting with Moorland Fire support and shaving over an hour and a half of our response times inland. Further details from LFRS website here ::
Group Manager Tony Crook of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service adds, “BSAR is an outstanding resource staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers. This development is the culmination of a close look at incidents involving BSAR, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and ourselves with a view to enhancing a service that has already proved highly effective. As key partners in Lancashire’s multi-agency response to the threat of wildfires, a logical development was to establish a more strategically appropriate location for a BSAR team to combat that threat. Our fire station at Bolton-le-Sands is ideally placed. We are delighted to make the BSAR team welcome and look forward to our continued success as partners in the project."