For nearly two years we have benefitted from a partnership with Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service whereby one of our three Hagglund track rescue vehicles has been housed at Bolton le Sands fire station – shaving more than an hour off response times to coastal incidents around Morecambe, Carnforth and Arnside, as well as the rest of Lancashire where we support the fire service with other incidents such as large animal rescues and moorland fires. As Bolton le Sands has recently received a new fire engine the space there has temporarily become unavailable and the rescue vehicle has become homeless at a time when it is most needed.
“In the last week we have been called – along with the Arnside Coastguard Team and Kendal Mountain Rescue Team – to assist North West Ambulance Service with a casualty on the coastal path at Arnside who had fallen and sustained an ankle injury.
“The day after we were mobilised to Jenny Brown’s Point near Silverdale to assist Arnside Coastguard with a stranded porpoise. Sadly it died just as we arrived despite attempts by local residents to re-float it. We were able to the crane on our Hagglund rescue vehicle to recover it on behalf of the Natural History Museum who have arranged for a post-mortem at London Zoo.”
A second of our Hagglunds has been moved from Flookburgh to Levens, whilst the third remains at Flookburgh covering the west of the Bay.