SARA’s Tewkesbury station formed in June 2008 as a result of the 2007 Floods. The team are currently based at Tewkesbury Community Fire Station, alongside Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue (GFRS). The combined resources of SARA and GFRS ensure the area is better prepared for future water rescue and large scale flooding responses.
The team at Tewkesbury, under the leadership of Dave Trinder, cover multiple rescue disciples including; flood boat rescue, swift water rescue, land search and rope rescue.
Working closely with Gloucestershire Constabulary, and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue, tewkesbury teams’ operational area covers north of Maisemore Weir along the River Severn, the Cotswold escarpment including Cleeve and Leckhampton Hills, the Malverns, the five valleys around Stroud as well as providing operational support to our sister stations at Beachley, Sharpness, Wyre Forest and Newport.
Tewkesbury Stations' rescue boat fleet
Water based craft ready to assist GFRS and DEFRA
Stations Mobile Response Units
Road/Off Road based vehicles ready to assist our water, land and rope team
Land Rover 110 LWB
Land Rover 110 LWB
Ford Transit combi-van MWB
SARA receives no funding from the government, and relies on charitable donations from the public. All of crew are volunteers, and do not get paid. They give up their free time to help in our life saving operations, and come from all walks of life, bringing a wide range of experience to the team.
All of the specialist equipment we use (e.g. boats, land Rovers, medical kits) are acquired either through the kind donation from local companies, or from charitable members of the public.
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