Bay Search and Rescue has provided an "outstanding measure of emergency response support" in Lancashire and Cumbria, according to the fire and rescue services.

Still with their home base and headquarters in Flookburgh, Bay Search and Rescue (BSAR) have made Bolton-le-Sands Fire Station an outpost for one of their Hagglund vehicles, shaving one-and-a-half hours off response times for those incidents, such as wildfires, occurring further inland from their Flookburgh HQ.

Gary Parsons, Station Officer and Chairman of BSAR, says: "Bay Search and Rescue and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have had an excellent informal working relationship for some years. We hope this move into Lancashire will make search and rescue, wildfire and large animal rescue a safer occupation for all. But we will also provide the same service to our Coastal Partners on the Lancashire Coast as we have to those on the Cumbrian side of Morecambe Bay."

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-Bowland is ideally placed. We are delighted to make the BSAR team welcome and look forward to our continued success as partners in the project."  


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