Lancaster Area Search and Rescue

Why does Lancaster need a rescue team?

In recent years much of the UK has suffered from the impact of flooding at an enormous emotional and social cost. This has ranged from the widespread flooding of 2006, 2009 in Cockermouth and Keswick, 2012, 2013, 2014 and in December 2015 and January 2016 the devastation caused by Storm Desmond that affected huge parts of Lancashire, Cumbria and York.

More recently in November 2017 Lancaster, and specifically Galgate, were the worst affected by Storm Brian. Emergency crews received over 500 calls and attended more than 100 incidents in one night. When this level of disaster happens then the local emergency services need all the help they can. The ideal solution would be trained and qualified specialist flood rescue team personnel, 4×4 vehicles that can wade in flood water and flood rescue boats capable of getting around in a flooded urban environment.

So what did we do about it…?

A charity was formed and a board of trustees voted in to provide direction and governance. A number of volunteers came forward to form an operational rescue team and went through intensive training by SLSGB. We secured premises to use as a training base and a Charity Shop to fund the team on Caton Road (off Lansil Way) in Lancaster. We now need more people to join as trustees, to help in support and fundraising roles, to help in our new charity shop and more importantly we are desparate for a couple of van drivers for a couple of hours every week or two (evenings, weekends, whenever?) and also anyone interested in becoming rescue team members. We are also always looking for help with any donations small or large, offers of help, support, equipment and even vehicles!