Crew from SARA’s Tewkesbury station have recently undergone professional vehicle winch training, provided free by Recovery Safe. The course saw five crew members undertake both theory and practical courses towards a ROSPA accredited qualification. SARA use vehicle winches to assist and recover boat launches as well as it being an essential skill within their rescue work. The crew from Tewkesbury were required to understand LOLER and PUWER regulations, be able to calculate safe winch loadings as well as demonstrating an ability to perform a safe vehicle recovery on varied ground types.
Mark Hartell, MD of Recovery Safe Training Services Ltd of Twyning, Tewkesbury, wanted to help the local team and has previously assisted by providing First Aid training to new crew members. Mark’s passion is best practice and he was keen to ensure the team at Tewkesbury have the best possible knowledge as well as up-to-date qualifications. Mark, who’s brother Mike is an operational crew member, has pledged to do ‘as much as possible to help SARA Tewkesbury’.
Tom Keeling, Station Manager at SARA Tewkesbury took part in the training.
“This training really opened my eyes to the dangers involved in winch operation. Thankfully, the course provided by Mark has enabled us to implement his best practice procedures – all the crew who attended thought it was great. I’m looking forward to working again with Recovery Safe in the future, and can’t thank Mark enough for his kind and continued support”.
Recovery Safe can be contacted through their website, www.recoverysafe.co.uk, and offer a range of courses covering vehicle recovery, first aid and 4×4 driving.