Wyre Forest

SARA’s Wyre Forest station is located at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Services (HWFRS) Kidderminster Fire Station, The combined resources of SARA and HWFRS ensures the area is better prepared for any local water rescue incidents and large scale flooding responses.
The station houses three SARA inshore rescue boats, SARA 8, SARA 9, SARA 10 and 4 rescue sleds alongside two Land Search / Boat Haulage vehicles MRU 4 and MRU 6,

Also located at Wyre forest is an incident support unit ISU and an off Road Ambulance MRU5 in addition to HWFRS assets.

The station provides an appliance bay for a vehicle and two boats As well as a garage at the rear of the station which houses one vehicle and one boat as well as all of the crew PPE and spare equipment. Also on station is a fully equipped office for the management team and a lecture room for training nights.

A second Station is at Arley and was donated by the Arley Farming Company, tenants of Arley Estates which is part of the R. D. Turner Charitable Trust. It was agreed that SARA could lease this section of the building providing all works were carried out by the members themselves. It took just over 12 months to transform what started off as a general farm building housing grain silos into a fully operational rescue station comprising control room/office, training room, dry room and boat house housing all the rescue equipment. The estates electrician installed all electrical components including emergency lighting and a local builder assisted in the laying of the blocks which form the shell of the building. The members themselves spent many evenings and gave up free time fitting out the station, spending hours painting inside and out to reach the standard now achieved.

With approval now from Hereford & Worcester Fire Service, SARA will be tasked by Fire Control together with responding to requests from West Mercia Constabulary covering the River Severn and all adjoining waterways etc., as well as providing a land/bank search rescue team as and when required.

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