Apply to join Bay SAR as an operational team member

We are pleased you are thinking about joining us. Being part of the Bay Search and Rescue Team on the operational side is a challenging and rewarding activity. Working alongside other emergency services you will be providing a real service in the South Lakes and North Lancashire Areas.

Please read through the following membership requirements and if you feel you meet them then please complete the form below:

The following outlines the basic requirements and sign-up process.
To be considered, applicants will:

  • be at least eighteen years of age
  • have specific skills, or an interest and some knowledge of any of the following: HGV driving (with appropriate licence), off-road 4×4 driving, advanced first aid, navigation, mechanics, hill walking, auto electrics, hydraulics
  • have the ability to move safely and competently over rough/moorland terrain in any weather day and night.
  • be reasonably physically fit and endeavour to remain so. Although we are not a Mountain Rescue Team so do not require as high levels of fitness.
  • have a mobile phone and access to a PC for team communications
  • serve a probationary period of 12 months.
  • commit to attending a 50% of training events during their first twelve months.
  • achieve set standards of competence in training in a reasonable time.
  • accept the need for discipline and be willing to carry out tasks when required by team leaders.
  • have a reasonable amount of availability for attending call-outs.
  • have suitable transport or other firm arrangements to attend incidents.
  • be prepared to commit time and effort to ancillary jobs such as fundraising.
  • appreciate the high standards of behaviour and personal integrity expected of them.

If however you just wish to help in other ways please see our support page


I understand that being a member of Bay Search and Rescue is an active service that may place physical and mental pressures on those who participate; also, that it is my responsibility to inform the Station Officer of any health condition or change of health condition that may effect my safety and wellbeing whilst on rescue training exercises and incidents or that may jeopardise the effective completion of a rescue incident.

Bay Search and Rescue retains information about its members in electronic and paper form. All information from this form will be kept on file. This information will not be disclosed to any agencies outside Bay Search and Rescue.

Submitting this form indicates your acceptance of the above.

Other Positions available

HGV Drivers

We are specifically looking for HGV drivers, and this need not be for a full operational role, as there are many situations where we simply need a driver for one of our trucks.
Send a message via our contact form for further details

Charity Trustee

We are also currently looking for trustees to help steer the charity. Specifically people with business and or charity trustee or management backgrounds. The role requires four meetings a year plus some emails.
Send a message via our contact form for further details

Charity Shop Volunteers

We are always interested in volunteers to help in our shops at Milnthorpe and Grange over Sands, typically for a morning or afternoon, so just 3hrs per week.
Find out more

Next steps

Firstly, please complete the online application form. If you meet the basic requirements, you will be invited to an informal meeting with the Station Officer, at which you will be made welcome and have explained what is expected if you proceed. If all goes well you may be asked to join the team as a trainee/probationer. From then on, full commitment and effort is expected.

Membership of BSAR is not something to be considered lightly;
Despite being unpaid volunteers, the statutory emergency services we work with and the public expect a professional standard of service. We are held in high regard and maintaining this reputation depends on the full commitment of its members. Joining the team will cost you time and money; you will suffer inconvenience, get wet, cold, tired and find yourself in potentially dangerous situations. Your safety and that of others will depend on your personal skills and your ability to work as part of a team.

We hope you’re still interested!

We look forward to receiving your application.

Gary Parsons – Station Officer

Application to join BSAR

Benefactors, Trusts, Supporters and People who have generously helped the team

Ada Hillard, The Hare and Hounds (Bowland Bridge), O2 Community Awards, Grange & District Lions Club, BAe Systems Fell Walking Club, Charity & Co., The Cavendish Arms Cartmel, Grange Tangent, Sir John Fisher Foundation , Climbing High, Frieda Scott Charitable Trust, Dr David Speirs, Mid Lancs Sub-Aqua Club, Natland & Oxenholme Womens Institute, Panasonic (Toughbooks), Mrs Barbara Blundell, CGP Books (Co-ordination Group Publications Ltd), LED Lenser (Ledco), Sellafield Ltd, Peli, Cumbria County Council, Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation, Furness Building Society, Cumbria Community Foundation, the Hadfield Trust, the Hedley Foundation, Castle Fire & Security, Yorkshire Building Society. Early Bird Design Associates, Greggs Foundation, Co-op Community Fund, CN Group, the Souter Charitable Trust, The Ducati Owners Club, Ribble Valley Carriage Driving club, Keswick 2 Barrow Walk, B and J Metals – Kendal, Furness Shoreline Quiltiers, Santander Foundation, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, Lakeland and all those who we may have missed, may wish to remain anonymous or have taken part in our Cross Bay Walks or supported the team in any other way.

Thank you!